The Durango High School girls soccer team set a goal to have nine different players score goals this year.
In the Demons’ 5-0 victory at Montezuma-Cortez on Tuesday, they reached it.
“And now we’ve got to bump it up to 12,” DHS head coach Aaron Eldridge said with a chuckle.
A score from Shanelle Bogus in extra time hoisted the Demons over their nine-player goal, but she was the last of the Durango girls to score Tuesday.
Sarah Bates was the first, but her goal didn’t find the net until the 33rd minute of the first half.
Eldridge said the Demons struggled to “unlock the bunker defense” on the Panthers’ side of the pitch.
“They were very defensive, and actually it was difficult for us to break them down with our usual style of play,” Eldridge said.
Even though the Demons kept possession of the ball on the Panthers’ side of the pitch for most of the game, a few early scoring opportunities came up short on soft or shanked shots, Eldridge said – until Bates won a 50-50 ball, beat one defender and calmly put the ball past the Montezuma-Cortez goalkeeper.
Then the scores started to roll in for the Demons.
Amanda Urban scored two on free kicks: The first was a low driven shot that bounced and went under the keeper’s legs, and the second was a deep ball that bounced over the keeper and into the goal, Eldridge said.
“It was one of those ones that eluded everyone and bounced into the back of the net,” he said.
Amanda Jones also added one on a “really nice” free kick before Bogus’ goal-meeting goal.
The Demons will play two “big games” at Riverview Sports Complex this weekend. First, the Demons (5-3-1, 3-1-0 Southwestern League) will host Grand Junction at 5 p.m. Friday before hosting Fruita Monument at 11 a.m. Saturday.
Durango is battling both teams – both 4-2 in the SWL – for the league’s top spot.