Demons dethrone New Mexico’s Class 4A champions

Herald Staff Report

The Durango High School boys soccer team went to the court of the king of New Mexico Class 4A soccer in 2011 and stole the crown, at least temporarily.

DHS got a golden goal from Daniel Fallon-Cyr in sudden-death overtime to top Farmington 3-2 on Thursday.

Durango overcame a flat start attributable in part to the fact the Demons arrived late, cutting their warmup time by 20 minutes. The Scorpions responded by tallying within the first 10 minutes.

“We came out a little flat. We got there kind of late, so our warmup was ... 20 minutes shorter than usual,” DHS head coach Kenny Wood said. “They got a pretty quick goal on us in the first 10, but the boys settled in from there.”

That settling-in process produced DHS goals from Chad Patton and Seumus McAliney, giving DHS the 2-1 advantage at halftime. The Demons held that lead until stoppage time, when Farmington got a critical equalizer.

“It was unfortunate, but it was kind of a lapse all around by everybody,” Wood said.

Fallon-Cyr came to the rescue, however. He took a feed from Zeb Soignier and beat the Scorpions’ keeper to keep DHS unbeaten.

It was another showcase of Durango’s speed at the striker position and continued Fallon-Cyr’s searing hot start to the season. He’s scored a goal in every game to date in 2012.

“The kid’s fit, and he’s hungry,” Wood said. “He has a short memory as a forward, so he can miss a chance. He doesn’t care. He’s looking for the next one.”

The Demons have the weekend off before returning home for their next game: DHS (3-0-1) will open Southwestern League play against archrival Montezuma-Cortez at 5 p.m. Tuesday at Riverview Sports Complex.

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