DHS soccer gets ‘short end of stick’

Demons go 0-1-1 on tough road trip

The Durango High School boys soccer team didn’t play poorly this weekend, but it didn’t come out with a victory, either.

The Demons played to a scoreless draw with Grand Junction on Friday, then fell 1-0 to Montrose on Saturday in a pair of Southwestern League contests.

On Saturday, DHS head coach Kenny Wood said his team outplayed Montrose, dominating possession and allowing only a couple of quality looks at goal. But it was a penalty kick that did in the Demons (4-1-3, 1-1-1 SWL) midway through the second half – one Wood didn’t understand.

“I’m not one to talk about the refs ... but in a situation where we do everything right, but they call a penalty on us when nobody even falls down in the box is just absurd,” Wood said.

A rough way for DHS to take its first loss. The way they took their third tie of the season didn’t sound much better.

Wood said DHS had four goals called back on offsides calls, all of which he said were signaled with late whistles. He wasn’t happy with a pair of no-calls on what he perceived as fouls in the penalty area, either.

“In my entire years of playing soccer, I’ve never seen four goals called back, and all four (whistles) were delayed until the goals were scored,” said Wood, who wore the Fort Lewis College shirt for awhile.

Still, Wood said his team may have been a little too self-assured heading into the weekend, and he’s hoping a first brush with vulnerability will help them refocus heading into a weekend homestand against Grand Junction Central and Fruita Monument.

“I think we went into this weekend a little bit too high and mighty on ourselves. ... We created chances (Friday); we created chances (Saturday), just unfortunately got the short end of the stick,” he said.