Cards fly during Devils win over Rams
EAGLE – The referees fought a losing battle for control of Eagle Valley’s soccer game against Roaring Fork from the opening kickoff Tuesday afternoon, and the referees ended the game early and advised the two teams not to shake hands afterward.
Eagle Valley received two yellow cards Tuesday, but not one of the three red cards handed out to their opponents in its 6-1 win over Roaring Fork.
“This happened because of a lack of discipline,” said Eagle Valley coach Brian Large. “Our team can be undisciplined, but they never get as bad as their team did. The players constantly let their emotions get the best of them. And, when it comes to soccer, if you let your emotions get the best of you, you’re in trouble.”
The Rams got their first red card fifteen minutes into the first half when a Rams defensive player pushed Devils forward Corey Gilmer.
Roaring Fork’s goalie walked off the field in the midst of play, and a bench player walked onto the field without permission to account for the other two red cards.
The game was abruptly called in the second half after the last two cards were handed out.
“It was pretty weird,” said Eagle Valley senior captain Tommy Migchelbrink. “Last year, we beat them, 4-3, in a game with a lot of cards. But, that game was a lot closer.”
Migchelbrink kick-started Eagle Valley’s offense 20 minutes into the first half with the first goal.
Eagle Valley’s Nathan Hoza scored the only other goal of the first half off an assist from Billy Rodriguez.
In the second half, the Devils dominated.
Chad Kessler, who has been out for the last couple games, got the call to play forward. Kessler proceeded to make a convincing bid for a starting role in the forward position, by picking up a hat trick in a penalty-shortened second half.
Irvin Reyes, Hoza and John King each picked up an assist on Kessler’s goals.
Migchelbrink also had a goal in the second half.
“The team’s been improving from our slump,” said Migchelbrink. “We still have some improving to do for our game against Basalt. We need to play more simply. We’re taking to many touches; we need to get rid of the ball faster.”
The Devils improved their league record to 2-3, and their overall record to 5-4.
The Devils host Basalt Thursday at 4 p.m., at the Eagle County Fairgrounds.
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