Montrose prepared to ‘prove how good we are’
It’s hard to tell what an opposing soccer team looks like without having played them, but Montrose High School coach Jim Pavlich said he has pieced together a rough idea of what to expect from No. 3 Cheyenne Mountain.
No. 14 Montrose (10-4-2) travels to Colorado Springs for a 5 p.m. game today.
“I’m expecting to see a team that likes to play to (the) outside,” Pavlich said. “I’m expecting a strong possession team, and one that looks to cross, cross, cross and play the ball across the face of the goal like most good soccer teams. I also know that Durango beat (Cheyenne Mountain) a couple years ago from a similar seed to the one we are this year. There are two teams that Cheyenne Mountain lost to that we lost to by similar margins. They lost to Pine Creek, and when we played Pine Creek I got to talk to their coach about Cheyenne Mountain, so I feel like I have a handle on what to expect.”
The tried-and-true Montrose style of aggressive possession in the attacking third will come into play against a Cheyenne Mountain team that has tried to out-possess teams, Pavlich said.
Quality possessions without stalling is something that Montrose’s midfield has excelled at this season.
But the Indians will have to contend with Cheyenne Mountain senior midfielders David McDermed and John Herd, who each scored 11 goals and had five assists during the regular season. The duo has drawn interest from various colleges, and led Cheyenne Mountain (13-3) to a second-place finish in the Pikes Peak League.
Cheyenne Mountain’s only league loss was to No. 1 Air Academy, a team Montrose lost to 1-0 early in September. “I think we’re prepared for what Cheyenne Mountain is going to do,” Pavlich said.
“My midfield has really impressed me this season, and they’ve really come on strong in practice. In all the big games that we’ve played they’ve gotten results.
“It’s been a great season for us. We feel good, and we’re ready to go prove how good we are.”
The winner of today’s game advances to play either No. 27 Denver South (12-3) or No. 22 Centaurus (10-5). Both potential third-round opponents forced first-round upsets to advance in the state tournament.