GYPSUM — The scoreboard said that Grand Junction girls soccer beat Eagle Valley, 6-1, on Tuesday at Hot Stuff Stadium in Gypsum.
Eagle Valley soccer coach Stephen Baxter looks at it another way.
“The scoreboard doesn’t reflect how the ladies played,” he said. “I was just relaying to them, ‘Keep on doing what you’re doing.’ We’re working on (the other team’s) through balls, and the defense was cutting them off. We played our JV goal keeper and she played an excellent game. Overall, we showed up and played well.”
The goalie was Jackie Kelly who shined brightly, despite the onslaught. Mariel Gutierrez had the goal for the Devils, who are 2-4.
Eagle Valley gets its second shot against Steamboat Springs on Friday at Hot Stuff at 6 p.m.
VMS soccer has tough opener
Vail Mountain School soccer ran into a buzz saw in its opener on Monday, falling at Coal Ridge, 8-0.
In fairness, facing the Titans is not exactly an easy way to ease into the season. Coal Ridge ran the table in the 3A Slope and made the Elite Eight of the playoffs last season.
“That was probably one of the best, if not best teams in our league,” VMS coach Ted O’Reilly said. “The girls showed a lot of heart, but ran up against a tough team.”
VMS (0-1) will try to turn it around at Moffat County on Saturday.
Huskies lax pummels Demons on the road
Battle Mountain lacrosse wishes to enter the state’s elite, and one sign is dispatching a poor team.
The Huskies certainly took care of business at Glenwood Springs on Tuesday, bashing the Demons, 18-2.
Battle Mountain had seven different goal-scorers. Wyatt Dilling had four, while Crane McGuckin, Clayton Davis and Mike Lange all had three goals. (That’s a hat trick of hat tricks for the Vail Christian contingent, if you’re keeping score at home.) Jack Harty had two and Adam Jones scored once. Your seventh goal scorer was Cole Delain. The sophomore had two goals, and they were the first of his varsity career.
The mind-boggling stat of the day is that Rio Garton, Eli Stephens and Quin Davis won 90 percent of the faceoffs on Tuesday. If they keep up that percentage, then the Huskies will probably play deep into May.
“Our team was very disciplined,” coach Jerry Nichols said. “We kept all our players on the field. That wasn’t true of Glenwood. They took a two minute unreleasable, and we scored five goals and never looked back.”
Battle Mountain (2-0) hosts Eagle Valley on Monday at 6 p.m. in Edwards.
Speaking of Eagle Valley, the Devils’ game against Aspen was postponed. Eagle Valley will try it again with the Skiers today at 4 p.m. at Hot Stuff.
Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934, firstname.lastname@example.org and @cfreud.