The seniors on the Durango High School girls soccer team are a literal bunch.
Thursdays calendar, for example, said Senior Day.
Accordingly, the DHS seniors had a hand in every goal in a 7-0 Southwestern League-clinching victory over rival Montezuma-Cortez at the Riverview Sports Complex.
Weve been a really strong age group since we were really young, said Durango senior Emily Barney, who scored the first goal of the match in the third minute.
Its so great to have all of us together on Senior Day, said Barney, who was honored in a prematch ceremony along with her nine senior classmates. Its really emotional for us because weve played together for so long.
Barney, daughter of Tom Barney and Anne Klein, said the Durango seniors have supported each other from the beginning.
Fellow senior Brooke Milliet scored two minutes after Barney, converting a picturesque finish to the upper right corner of the frame after taking a crossing pass from Steffie Wilson.
Milliet assisted on Durangos next two goals both of which earned a place in Class of 2012 history.
Milliets somersault throw-in deep in the Cortez end went right to a leaping Berkeley Davis, who headed the ball into the net. Her next assist came on an indirect kick that glanced into the goal off the backside of her sister, freshman Lauren Milliet.
We definitely connected in the second half, said senior Amanda McAliney, who launched a flurry of DHS attacks from the midfield.
We wanted to finish ... with a decisive win, said McAliney, daughter of Mike and Renee McAliney.
The Demons, who scored five goals in the second half, outshot the visiting Panthers 27-2.
In the second half, we asked the girls to be a little more patient, Durango head coach Aaron Eldridge said.
We asked them to move the ball around, and they executed the game plan, Eldridge said.
Senior Raquel Delgado drew a Cortez foul in the box to set up fellow senior Meghan OBrien for a second-half penalty kick goal.
Delgado scored herself on a header.
And Delgado, a senior, blasted a shot that rebounded to Sarah Bates for Durangos final goal in the conference-clinching victory.
Eldridge credited a solid, organized defensive effort by the Demons and seniors Erin Maxwell, Amanda Urban, Amanda Jones and goalkeeper Karlee Mulkey.
What they did (on defense) was incredibly clean and smart, Eldridge said. They set up the attack that made us successful (Thursday).
The DHS head coach said the Demons benefit from a wealth of leadership from the current seniors.
The only thing is Savannah (Seiter) got hurt, and she couldnt share this with us on the field, Eldridge said.
We would have loved to have seen her play (Thursday), Eldridge said of the Fort Lewis College womens soccer recruit.
Seiter, however, led the cheers from the DHS bench.
Parents Janet and Mark Seiter also were on hand to celebrate Senior Day with the rest of the seniors parents, who turned out en masse.
Durango (10-4-1, 8-2-0 Southwestern League) will learn its postseason assignment Sunday afternoon. The SWL champion Demons likely will host a first-round Class 4A playoff match Tuesday at Riverview Sports Complex.