Devils boot Oysters 7-1 |

Devils boot Oysters 7-1

The Devils scored early and often in a 7-1 conference win over the Oysters.

The early came in the form of a goal just 25 seconds into the game from the Devils’ Vanissa Carroll, who ended up with a hat trick. Often was evidenced by Eagle Valley’s five-goal outburst in the second half.

“Today we did what we had to do to defeat a conference opponent,” said Devils coach Bob Graham, whose team moved to 7-3 overall and 5-1 in the 3A Western Slope. “Our goal was to play aggressively and play good soccer today and I felt very good. I felt the balance of the scoring showed that today also.

“I give CRMS a lot of credit. It is really difficult. I’ve coached on that side of it a number of times, where it’s really difficult. Frankly, I was very happy to see them get a goal. It’s really discouraging and a goal is at least worth making the trip for.”

Eagle Valley dominated from start to finish. Off the opening kickoff, Sam Phillips made a nice run down the left side and crossed the ball into the box. After rattling a around, Carroll came up with it and gave Eagle Valley a 1-0 lead.

“Coach has always told us not to make it pretty, but just to get something on net,” Carroll said. “I did that with the first two goals.”

Senior co-captain Lyndsay Beasley fed Carroll on her second, sending the Devils to intermission with a 2-0 lead.

The floodgates opened in the second half. Junior Staci Walls found the left corner off a nifty cross from Brooke Baughfman. Seconds later it was 4-0 on a goal from Bobbi Ray.

Baughfman assisted Phillips on the team’s fifth of the day and finally was on the scoring end when she made it 6-0. Carroll completed her hat trick to round out Eagle Valley’s scoring.

“(Graham) told me at halftime, “Well, you have two already for the hat trick?’ I said, “Yes. Yes,” Carroll said with a smile. “I had a lot of fun doing it, but I just have to give credit to all my teammates because they crossed the ball really well.”

“She had two and I’m glad she got three. It was nice for her,” Graham said. “She’s a really hard worker and when you work hard it’s good to get that kind of payoff.”

Goalies Jamie Woodworth and Brittany Taggart were the beneficiaries of this offensive largesse. CRMS’ only goal came in the final minute from the Oysters’ Hannah Farrar.

The only bad news Tuesday was on the injury front. Sweeper Jessica Jagger has a broken tibia and will miss a month. The Devils are still waiting on word about stopper Julie Taylor, who has a knee injury.

“There’s no team that doesn’t have some kind of loss or another during the season,” Graham said. “You can’t dwell on your losses. You have to move ahead. Teams that win are teams that overcome adversity.”

Eagle Valley is next in action Thursday at Moffat County.

Weather rearranges prep events

Tuesday’s spring storm rearranged the local prep sports scene.

Battle Mountain baseball’s game vs. Glenwood Springs was rained out Tuesday. The Huskies and the Demons will try it again today at 4 p.m. in Eagle-Vail. Both Eagle Valley and Battle Mountain girls golf got a few holes in at Eagle Ranch before the event was called. The two teams are at Cotton Ranch today.

In another scheduling move, Huskies athletic director Fred Koetteritz announced that Thursday’s track triangular with Lake County and West Grand has been cancelled. Lake County and West Grand will head to Eagle-Vail for a meet with Eagle Valley and Battle Mountain on April 25.

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