Aaron Eldridge's final pregame advice to the Demons was simple: Focus.
More specifically, he urged the Demons to focus on their own style of soccer.
Two hours later, Eldridge commended the players on the Durango High School girls soccer team for their unwavering focus after a dominating 6-0 victory over Montrose at the Riverview Sports Complex.
In stark contrast to their last two frustrating conference matches, the Demons on Friday afternoon played like a team that belongs atop the Southwestern League.
The Demons controlled the possession, dominated the shots, played a smothering defense and improved to 4-1-1 in the SWL (6-4-1 overall).
"Hopefully, this shows there has been an attitude adjustment with the girls," Eldridge said after Friday's victory in chilly, but dry, conditions.
"The girls did everything I asked them to do since spring break. They really focused," said Eldridge, who added that the Demons were perhaps too excited for their first home matches right before spring break, when they suffered an SWL loss and a tie.
He said the DHS seniors and captains addressed the team this week, encouraging their teammates to return to their familiar formula for success.
"And the girls responded," Eldridge said. "We've got good leaders on this team."
The Demons' response was immediate.
They pressed play into the Montrose zone from the start, offering the first shot on goal in the second minute of play.
They mashed seven shots on goal before Montrose had its first shot, and that came on a direct kick.
Freshman Meghan O'Brien started the Durango avalanche of goals with her unassisted score in the 26th minute - the first of her two goals in the match.
Barely six minutes later, O'Brien took a centering pass from senior Bekah Keil and scored Durango's second goal.
Keil followed four minutes later with the first of her two goals, drilling a line drive past Montrose keeper Kat Bony for a 3-0 halftime lead.
At that stage, the Demons were outshooting Montrose 12-3.
Nearly the same ratio of domination continued through the second half.
Senior Katerina Garcia scored back-to-back goals to push the lead to 5-0. Her first came after she trapped a centering pass from Keil and then blasted home a shot.
Garcia's second goal came on a perfect corner kick from junior Chelsey Moffat in the 13th minute of the second half.
Keil concluded the scoring with her second goal midway through the second half. Moffat, again, offered the assist on a cross.
"We were much sharper (against Montrose)," said Garcia, adding that all the Demons stepped up their play Friday.
"We were very disappointed with our last two games," she said. "After that, we said, 'No more.'"
She said they vowed to play the way the know how to play.
"We played like a team, which is what we have to do. I am so proud of these girls," she said, quick to point to the Demons' shutout defensive effort.
"Our defensive did an amazing job for us," Garcia said.
"Our defense has been stalwart all year. It's been fantastic," Eldridge said. "I can't commend those girls (on defense) enough."
The Demons finished with a 24-8 advantage in shots.
Eldridge used his entire roster, including a few call-ups from the JV team, in Friday's win.
"We have a lot of talent and a lot of girls who can contribute," Eldridge said, adding that the Demons must return to the pitch today with the same focus they had on Friday.
The Demons are scheduled to host Fruita Monument at 11 a.m. today at Riverview.