GRANBY — The phrase “spring sports” is really an oxymoron.
Eagle Valley soccer overcame subfreezing temperatures and a tough Middle Park team in Granby for a 3-2 victory on Tuesday.
“I thought they played exceptionally well,” Devils coach Stephen Baxter said. “It was freezing and the wind was blowing 20 mph.”
The good news was that Eagle Valley (2-1) had that wind in the second half, and Mariel Gutierrez scored the third of her hat trick’s worth of goals with six minutes remaining.
Eagle Valley returns to league play today with a trip to Steamboat Springs.
Saints soccer competitive
Vail Christian soccer had a promising showing in its opener on Tuesday in a 4-2 loss to Aspen at Freedom Park in Edwards.
The Skiers needed two goals in the last 10 minutes of regulation to shake the Saints.
Down 2-0 in the first half, Celia Smith sprang Bella McCormick on a breakaway. McCormick slotted her shot into the low corner.
In the second half, Vail Christian’s Julia Vlaar took a hard foul, getting the Saints a free kick near the top of the box. Jessie Hartley slammed the shot into the top-right corner for the equalizer.
The Saints gave freshman Bianca Valenzuela a try in net and she certainly impressed.
“You would not believe the improvement we showed,” Saints coach Lauren Mutter said. “After the game we got a lot of compliments about how we played. We’re a different team and we’re going to win some games this year.”
Vail Christian is off until April 3 when it hosts Coal Ridge.
Huskies girls lax falls at Fruita
Battle Mountain girls lacrosse lost its season opener at Fruita Monument, 12-8, on Tuesday.
Fruita was playing its third game of the season, so all is not lost for the Huskies.
“It was a good start,” Battle Mountain coach Emily Jaissle said. “We had a few wrinkles to work out. I’m expecting the girls to work harder in practice so they can play harder in games.”
Maddi Conlin had five goals for Battle Mountain. Clare Baker ripped the twine twice and Morgan Harty had a tally. The Huskies host Dakota Ridge on Saturday at 4 p.m.
In other girls lacrosse action, Eagle Valley lost a tough one at Aspen, 16-0.
“For a lot of our girls, it was their first lacrosse game ever,” Devils coach Stephanie Renzelman said. “It was definitely a good learning experience.”
Eagle Valley is at home for Fruita on Friday.
Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934, firstname.lastname@example.org and @cfreud.