The Durango High School boys soccer team began its season by shutting out its first two opponents.
The Demons beat Pueblo West, 3-0, on Friday and then dominated Mitchell 10-0 on Saturday.
“The squad looks really good this year,” said the team’s new head coach, Danny Suits.
Both games, however, were close at halftime before DHS managed to pull away.
Against Pueblo West, Nik Korte got the scoring going for DHS in the first half. Despite a lot of other opportunities, the Demons only led 1-0 at the break. Lucas Foster and Cedar Newman, however, scored some late insurance goals to help DHS finish on top.
The story was similar against Mitchell.
“We peppered their goal in the first half but got unlucky,” Suits said. “The second half was more of the same, but our shots started going in.”
DHS led 2-0 at halftime, but scored a flurry of goals in the final 20 minutes to extend its lead. Newman scored three goals, Teryk Webber and Clayton Ward each scored twice while Korte, Davis Cameron and Gates Linney all scored once.
The team’s defenders, Linney, Sam Caudle, Owen Carozza and Foster, also played well to help DHS get the shutouts.
“They locked it down,” Suits said.
Suits, who played college ball at UCLA, took over the program after Aaron Champenoy accepted a coaching position at Montana State University, Billings. Suits, however, worked with Champenoy a bit with the Rio Rapids so he had coached some of the team’s older players before joining DHS.
“We have a similar philosophy, but I have a new perspective,” Suits said. Carozza, for instance, played striker previously but Suits said his skill set was good for a defender so he moved him to right back, and its already working out.
“He played awesome this weekend,” the coach said.
The coach said he wants his team to take it one game at a time while he works to develop the players, but said he hopes the team gets to a point where it expects to win all of its games and can make a deep playoff run.
The team will next play at Farmington on Thursday, then host Glenwood Springs for its first home game at noon Saturday.