Tuesday’s preps wrap: Eagle Valley soccer; Vail Mountain soccer and lacrosse | VailDaily.com

Tuesday’s preps wrap: Eagle Valley soccer; Vail Mountain soccer and lacrosse

Eagle Valley's Ginny Osteen battles for the ball with Steamboat's Lucy Wilson. Osteen had two goals in the Devils' 3-0 win over the Sailors in Steambaot Springs.

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Eagle Valley soccer took a big step toward the playoffs with a 3-0 win at Steamboat Springs on Tuesday night.

The previous sentence is noteworthy in two ways.

Before the season, Eagle Valley soccer and playoffs probably didn't belong in the same sentence. But at 8-6 and in the 24th spot in the capricious rating-percentage index, the Devils are looking more and more like a team bound for the postseason.

Then there's winning at Steamboat Springs. That hasn't happened since the school moved up to 4A back during the 2004-05 academic year.

"The theme of the game was, 'Don't have what-ifs or I wish I would have,'" Devils coach Maggie Sherman said. "We wanted to leave it all out on the field. Win or loss we wanted to be happy with the effort."

And as often happens with such an approach, the result followed. Ginny Osteen scored twice and Kaitlyn Borah added another.

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Before Tuesday's action, Eagle Valley was 24th in the RPI, seemingly enough of a cushion against teams outside of the top 32 that qualify via automatic conference berths. For example the 4A Slope gets two automatic berths — Palisade has the first and Glenwood Springs will get the second, unless the Demons lose to Rifle on Thursday, a highly unlikely scenario, as the Bears are 0-11 in the Slope and haven't scored a goal in league play.

Eagle Valley can put the finishing touch on its resume when Summit County comes to town tonight for Senior Night at 6.

"(The playoffs are) in the back of our heads," Sherman said. "We have one more game guaranteed, but we're planning for it, knowing we have to take care of business Thursday."

EAST VAIL

VMS lacrosse beats Littleton

Welcome to the "Jerry Maguire" edition of Eagle County lacrosse.

"Help me, help you."

Vail Mountain beat Littleton, 19-10, on Tuesday, thus helping Battle Mountain's playoff chances. Meanwhile, Battle Mountain beat Steamboat Springs, 11-6, helping improve the Gore Rangers' odds of winning the Western League.

This was all very neighborly of VMS and Battle Mountain.

The Huskies beating Steamboat gives VMS a little bit of a cushion in the Western race. Vail Mountain is 8-0 in the conference, while Steamboat dropped to 6-2. The two teams face each other today up at Gardner Field with a return engagement in East Vail on Saturday at 1 p.m. VMS needs a split against the Sailors to clinch its first title of any from in lacrosse, though coach Bobby Ecker presumably would prefer two wins.

Maxpreps.com incorrectly has the Sailors with three Western losses, counting the Sailors' defeat at the hands of Aspen as a league game. The Skiers are in the Mountain Conference, so that tilt does not count in the Western Conference standings.

League title or not, VMS (12-1) is holding down the No. 3-spot in the RPI, a place it would like to remain. Meanwhile, VMS beating Littleton helped Battle Mountain stay in the 16th and final playoff spot. The Huskies need to win at Summit County tonight.

"We're happy, but we're still moving forward," VMS coach Bobby Ecker said. "All season we've been trying to improve our game. We are still taking it one game at a time. We know we need to crank it up a notch and play a full game of consistent lacrosse."

Against Littleton, Kyle Negomir was the headliner with five goals. Griffin O'Connell, Tyler Hancock, Henry Hancock, Burke Fancher, Shane Cole, Jake Dippy and Todger Davis all scored. Nick Charles had 10 saves in net.

Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934, cfreud@vaildaily.com and @cfreud.