Durango scores pair of second-half goals to top Central
The Central High School boys soccer team allowed two late goals Saturday that ended up being the difference in a 2-0 loss to Durango.
Zachary Brown scored on a header in the 80th minute, putting the Demons up 1-0.
Matthew Emmanuel-Ogier added a penalty kick a couple of minutes later to put finish off the Warriors.
“Last year (Durango) beat us 5-1. This year they got lucky twice,” Central coach Doug Beach said. “There were just two bad, unlucky goals, but that’s OK. That’s part of the game. We learn from the mistakes and we move on.”
Trying to get more continuity and teamwork, Beach changed Central’s formation after the first five games.
Saturday, Beach was happy to see his team was starting to understand the scheme changes after one game and only one week of practice in the new alignment.
“What we’re getting is more confidence, and we’re getting more confidence in the system,” Beach said. “Therefore, there’s more confidence within themselves, and that’s the big thing.”
Central goalie Conor Beach had a solid game, finishing with 11 saves on Durango’s 20 shots.
The Demons had several opportunities throughout the game, but couldn’t seem to find the back of the net.
“It was pretty frustrating, but at least they’re getting the chances, so I’m OK with that,” Durango coach Kenny Wood said. “We didn’t perform as well as we should have.
“They came out a little slow but it was still a good result. But I don’t like taking it down to end like that.”
Central (1-6, 1-1 Southwestern League) managed only seven shots. Durango goalie John Bernazzani came away with three saves.
Central defeated Montezuma-Cortez 25-19, 18-25, 25-15, 25-20.
The Warriors (8-2, 1-1 SWL) were paced by Chelsey Garcia, who finished with nine kills and four blocks.
“Chelsey Garcia played really well at the net,” Central coach Beth Nelson said. “That was very nice to see.”
Ashley Wells added 18 kills and nine digs, and Kristina Lindsey contributed 10 kills, four aces and two blocks.
“We had a tough night against Durango (on Friday),” Nelson said. “It was good to see us learn from it and come back strong.”
Palisade defeated Steamboat Springs 3-1.
The Bulldogs (5-3, 2-0 Western Slope League) took the match 25-23, 23-25, 25-22, 25-14.
“It was a really competitive match,” Palisade coach Wendy MacAskill said. “We had to work for every point, and we learned how to play through things.”
Audrey Steinkirchner had 22 kills for the Bulldogs. Shannon Rhodes added 36 assists and six aces.
Palisade got 10 strikeouts from pitcher Shelby Hanson in the Bulldogs’ 7-3 win over Durango.
“Shelby pitched really well today,” Palisade coach Tony Kirby said. “She got ground balls when we needed it.”
The game was scoreless until the fifth inning when the Bulldogs (7-6, 1-0 WSL) scored two runs, including an RBI single by Angela Gordon.
Kendra Barnes and Hanson both doubled.
Fruita Monument defeated Durango 6-1 at Canyon View Park.
Vinny Castellini won at No. 2 singles, defeating Clay Haidaris 6-2, 6-0, and Cody Iden defeated Ben Polo 7-6, 6-0 at No. 3 singles.
In doubles, the Wildcats’ No. 2 team of Tucker Fortson and Chazz Lakin defeated Jayson Else and Nathan Youseff 6-3, 1-6, 6-3.
Central’s girls cross-country team finished eighth at the Gunnison Invitational.
Morgan Haynie led the Warriors by finishing 23rd in 23:17. Emily Stull finished in 23:29 and Emma Beckstead finished in 23:37.
Erik Newhouse finished 17th in the boys race, crossing the finish line in 19:20. The Warriors placed 10th as a team.