Demons top Devils, 4-2
GYPSUM – Eagle Valley clashed with Glenwood twice this season on each team’s senior night, and the Demons won both – a pair of epic battles.
Glenwood came into Eagle Valley’s Hot Stuff Stadium on Thursday and left with a 4-2 win.
“This was sort of our playoff game,” said Glenwood coach John Mount.
At halftime, Eagle Valley honored its six seniors: Wyatt Smith, Jesus Saenz, Edgar Munoz, Emmanuel Pinela and twins Kevin and Nestor Escobar.
The two teams were tied at halftime, 2-2, but Glenwood put up two in the second half for the win.
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“We fought hard the whole game and we created a load of good chances that were blocked by a good Glenwood goalie,” Rittmiller said. “Now it’s all about finishing strong and doing some damage on the way out.”
Eagle Valley’s last two games are both on the road, at Battle Mountain and Steamboat Springs.
“Eagle Valley is a talented team. The two Escobar brothers dominate the middle, and that makes them tough,” Mount said. “We made some adjustments at halftime and our players responded well in the second half.”
Four minutes in, Michael McGraw opened scoring for Glenwood when he slipped past the Devil defense deep on the left side and fired a shot across the goalmouth and just off the goalie’s fingertips, inside the right goalpost for a 1-0 Demon lead.
Eagle Valley captain Martin Vasquez evened things at 1-1 when he drilled a penalty kick inside the right post.
Nestor Escobar fired home a spectacular goal for a 2-1 Eagle Valley lead when he picked the ball up at the top of the box, skipped left and then right for a clear look at the goal. He fired just as Glenwood goalie Caine Albrecht launched himself into the alley to make the diving save.
The rebound bounced left and Nestor split two Glenwood defenders and punched it into the left side for a 2-1 Eagle Valley lead.
The lead didn’t last long. A bounding pass found Glenwood’s Eddie Sanchez at the top left corner of the penalty box. Sanchez turned and smacked it into the left side for a 2-2 tie at halftime.
“I saw their goalie shift to his right, so I hit it to his left and got lucky,” Sanchez said.
Glenwood went up, 3-2, eight minutes into the second half when Kellin Casey came up with the ball during a wild scramble in front of the net on a Demon corner kick.
Four minutes later, Nate Kaup scored on a breakaway for a 4-2 Glenwood lead.
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