Montrose prepared to ‘prove how good we are’

Montrose midfielder Saul Perez battles with Delta’s Jack Bair during the Indians’ 3-2 overtime win in the first round of state playoffs on Oct. 23.



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Montrose midfielder Saul Perez battles with Delta’s Jack Bair during the Indians’ 3-2 overtime win in the first round of state playoffs on Oct. 23.

QUICKREAD

Class 4A Boys Soccer Playoffs

No. 14 Montrose (10-4-2) vs. No. 3 Cheyenne Mountain (13-3)

Second round, 5 p.m. today at Cheyenne Mountain High School

Winner advances to play No. 27 Denver South (12-3) or No. 22 Centaurus (10-5).

The coaches

Montrose: Jim Pavlich. Cheyenne Mountain: Tomas Martinez.

About Montrose

Leading scorers (regular-season statistics)

Brayden Reese, jr., midfielder/forward: 10 goals, 7 assists.

Greg Shawcroft, sr., forward: 10 goals, 3 assists.

Jose Cervantes, soph., forward: 8 goals, 7 assists.

Vijay Singh, sr., midfielder: 5 goals, 7 assists.

Norman Marroquin, sr., midfielder/forward: 5 goals, 2 assists.

Goalkeeping

Keegan Sullinger, jr.: 55 saves, 11 goals allowed, 1.06 goals-against average, 3 shutouts.

Notes

■ Montrose topped Delta 3-2 in the opening round of the Class 4A soccer playoffs.

■ The winner of today’s game will face either Denver South or Centaurus, two of the three teams in Class 4A that pulled off first-round upsets.

■  Outside back Matt Holden has played a larger role this postseason. The junior, originally listed as a forward/midfielder, has impressed Pavlich with his ability to cohesively play with the other defenders and midfielders.

About Cheyenne Mountain

Leading scorers (regular-season statistics)

David McDermed, sr., midfielder:  11 goals, 5 assists.

John Herd sr., midfielder: 11 goals, 5 assists.

Cristian Nehme, jr., forward: 8 goals, 2 assists.

Luke White, fr., forward: 5 goals, 1 assist.

Sean Derby, so., midfielder: 2 goals, 13 assists.

Goalkeeping

Erich Frey, sr.: 62 saves, 9 goals allowed, .595 goals-against average, 10 shutouts.

Notes

■ Derby is tied for most assists in Class 4A.

■  Cheyenne Mountain’s only league loss was to No. 1 Air Academy.



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.

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