Eagle Valley soccer sweeps Sailors, 4-1
Devils get fifth win
GYPSUM — It has been a season of fits and starts for Eagle Valley soccer, but Tuesday night was another start.
The Devils knocked off Steamboat Springs, 4-1, at John Ramunno Field in Gypsum for their first season sweep of the Sailors since 2008.
While 2008 was a long time ago for both the Devils and the Sailors — that was the year of Eagle Valley’s sole 4A Slope League title with Steamboat winning the next fall — Tuesday’s win continues the positive improvement — aka kaizen— that has been the goal for the local 11.
“Mostly what we’re just trying to find is consistency,” Devils coach Maggie Sherman said. “That’s been a struggle throughout the year. We found what we wanted tonight and hopefully we’ll keep that in our head.”
After emphasizing a quick start, naturally, Steamboat’s Oliver Capparelli scored in the third minute, giving the visitors an early 1-0 lead. One may insert a Homer Simpson D’oh here.
“We had to calm down,” Devils junior Armando Munoz said. “We had to take our time and get some easy passes in open spaces. Once we did that, the easy touches got us out on the wing.”
And that led to freshman Josh Escobar equalizing the match with a beautiful header. Taking nothing away from Escobar, but that goal was set up by a wide run down the left side from Seamus Phelan. This is what Sherman is preaching, beseeching and teaching as the season has progressed.
“I think certainly there are times when our players are thinking one or two plays ahead,” Sherman said. “That’s what we’re looking for. Without that, we don’t see progress.”
Munoz struck on the rebound off teammate Alexys Ramos’ free kick just before the half for a 2-1 lead.
The Devils took over during the second half and Phelan, who’s proving himself to be an excellent midfielder, scored on a slick feed from Harrinson Hernandez. Denilson Sandoval finished the night with a world-class finish.
Eagle Valley (5-8 overall and 4-6 in the Slope) is at Summit County on Thursday.
Devils spikers nearly upset Glenwood
Glenwood Springs volleyball kept its undefeated record in the 4A Slope … barely … squeezing by Eagle Valley, 25-15, 20-25, 20-25, 25-12, 15-9, Thursday night in Gypsum.
The visiting Demons moved to 9-0 in the Slope and 13-3 overall.
“We definitely gave away that match,” Eagle Valley coach Jackie Rindy said. “They played well. We made too many mistakes. We can play with anyone in this league.”
That should come in handy soon as the Devils (8-6, 4-4) visit Edwards and Battle Mountain on Thursday.
While Rindy and the Devils can rue mistakes, one also has to tip the collective hat to Glenwood senior Kaitlyn Johnson, who took over the fifth set. She scored the Demons’ first two points with powerful attacks and had what may have been the turning point with a wicked spike from the back row to give her team an 8-4 lead during the final stanza.
Glenwood’s Charlotte Olszewski got a big block up against Sophia Rinn to make it 13-7 and the Demons were on their way.