GYPSUM — And now for the introduction of the two-point goal.
During practice Monday, Eagle Valley soccer coach Bratzo Horruitiner conducted the bib drill. For the uninitiated, the coach drapes bibs in the corners of the goal and players compete for points by trying to hit the assorted bibs. So when Eagle Valley’s Aldo Palacios burned a shot into the top corner of Glenwood Springs’ net during the Devils 3-0 win over the Demons Tuesday night, he went up to his coach afterward and said, “That’s a two-point goal.”
Sorry, Aldo, but that still counts as one, even though it was a thing of beauty. But in the process, Eagle Valley earned three points with the win as it hopes to mount a late-season drive for the playoffs. The Devils upped their league mark to 4-4-2, and are at Palisade tonight (Wednesday) at 7:30 at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction.
“As we said starting last week (against Rifle), these three game important for our dreams,” Horruitiner said. “If we are to make our aspirations more than aspirations, we have to play tough in league and win.”
So far so good with a 3-0 win against Rifle Saturday and Tuesday’s victory against Glenwood.
Aaron Ledezma scored Eagle Valley’s next two against the Demons, including the second on a gorgeous assist by David Ortiz. Ortiz took the ball on the right side and chipped it over his defender and to Ledezma.
“(Ortiz) should get half a goal for that,” Horruitiner joked.
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