Devils cruise in first postseason game
By beating Buena Vista 2-0 Friday in a regional playoff match, the Devils advanced further in the postseason than ever before.
Eagle Valley dominated, possessing the ball for over 75 percent of the game. Buena Vista planned for this. The Demons kept at least six players back on defense at all times, forcing the Devils to finish.
“It was a frustrating game in some ways,” said Eagle Valley coach Daiva Katieb. “Buena Vista played with some smart tactics, they kept a lot of players back to force a stalemate for most of the game.”
Eagle Valley had 10 corner kicks in the game. Buena Vista had five shots on goal in the game.
Finally, midway through the second half, forward Samantha Phillips scored the Devils’ first goal. Phillips trapped a Buena Vista goal kick cleanly, beat three defenders and left the Buena Vista goalie on the ground with a shot into the left-hand corner of the goal.
“We should have had a bunch of goals, but it feels good to win,” said Phillips.
Phillips scored her second goal 10 minutes later when Kathryn Brock popped the ball up in the air in a battle with a Buena Vista defender. Phillips took two touches and smashed a worm burner into the back of the net.
The Eagle Valley offensive attack included relentless runs from Vanissa Carroll, Lindsay Kunkel and Audrey Powell. The trio sent dozens of dangerous crosses into the middle of the Buena Vista box and combined for over twenty well-struck shots on goal.
The Devils are scheduled to play their next game on Saturday, May 10. Their opponent and the location of the game will be determined by Monday.
Devils baseball headed to Denver
Eagle Valley baseball went to Delta with its goal of reaching Denver and the postseason on the line.
Roaring Fork sent out Jake Boyle Friday, but Boyle couldn’t stop the Devils, as Eagle Valley won 5-3.
Steve Evancho pitched five-and-one-third innings and picked up the win. J.J. Alvis got the save.
Justin Wood went 2-for-3 with 3 RBIs, Jason Leniger smashed a clutch home run in the sixth inning and Chris Lopez was 2-for-2.
“We feel good about this one,” said Eagle Valley coach Derek Cordes. “The pressure’s off now because we accomplished our goal. We have a ticket to Denver.”
The Devils face Olathe today in Delta for the district championship.
Andrew Harley can be contacted at 949-0555 ext. 608 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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