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Demons soccer beats Fruita Monument

Durango shuts out Wildcats, 2-0
Harrison Beattie of Durango High School passes the ball while playing Grand Junction High School earlier in the year. Beattie scored on a penalty kick Thursday in DHS’ victory over Fruita Monument. (Jerry McBride/Durango Herald file)

After tying Fruita Monument in their first contest, 0-0, the Durango boys’ soccer team outplayed the Wildcats on Thursday at home to score a 2-0 victory.

Cedar Newman gave DHS the early lead, kicking a ball in the back of the net just over 13 minutes into the contest.

Despite dominating possession and firing tons of shots after that, Durango didn’t score again until the final six minutes.

A Wildcat took down a Demon in the goal box and received a red card. On the ensuing penalty kick, Harrison Beattie buried a shot in the upper right corner to put the game on ice.

Durango put lots of other shots on net, including several one-timers with their heads, but were unable to score anymore goals.

With the win, DHS improves to 11-1-2 overall and 5-1-1 in the 5A/4A Southwestern League. Fruita slipped to 4-9-1, 3-3-1.

Durango will now conclude its regular season on Oct. 22 at Montrose (6-7-0, 1-5-0).