Devils drop Bulldogs 8-2
GYPSUM – The night was cold, but the Devils were hot.
Eagle Valley rolled Palisade 8-2 Tuesday.
Edgar Munoz, Jesus Saenz and Martin Vasquez all scored twice for the Devils.
“It’s good to get a win, especially at home,” said Saenz.
The win helps set the stage, and the mindset for the Devils’ run through the end of the season. They host Glenwood Springs Thursday for senior night, then travel to Steamboat Springs and Battle Mountain.
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“We played hard and it paid off. Thursday is senior night against Glenwood Springs, and we’ll play hard again,” Vasquez said. “This one was important to help us get ready for Glenwood, then Steamboat, then Battle Mountain,” Vasquez said.
Winning is good – it’s better than anything else you can do out there, ask anyone who’s done it – but Tuesday was also about preparation for the Devils’ stretch run, and a little for next season, said Eagle Valley coach Jason Rittmiller.
“This one was at least as much about preparing for the next three games as much as it was about winning,” Rittmiller said.
Palisade showed up prepared to play, Rittmiller said.
“Palisade came out hard and was ready for a fight,” Rittmiller said.
Saenz scored Eagle Valley’s first two goals.
For the first he took a through pass from Munoz and broke past the Bulldog defenders to tuck it inside the post.
For the second, Saenz took it off the Palisade goalie and punched it in for a 2-0 lead.
Kevin Escobar stutter stepped past the Palisade defense and drilled a laser into the back of the net for a 3-0 lead.
Palisade answered with its only goal of the first half to cut it to 3-1.
The other Escobar twin, Nestor Escobar, broke past the Palisade defense for a clear look at the goal, and one look was all he needed as he buried it for a 4-1 lead.
Munoz made it 5-1 with the first of his two goals.
Vasquez picked up a quick pass into the top right corner of the penalty box and pounded a shot inside the right post for a 6-1 lead.
Palisade countered with one, a long blast from well outside the penalty box.
Munoz picked up his second goal when he picked up a loose ball on the right side and broke for the goal. He tucked it under Palisade’s diving goalie for a 7-2 Eagle Valley lead.
Vasquez came up with the ball during a scramble near the top of the box and made it 8-2 late in the second half.
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