Devils soccer battles CRMS for first league win
EAGLE – Eagle Valley had a hard time convincing Colorado Rocky Mountain School that a comeback attempt was futile Saturday, so, when the Oysters tied the game at three in the 75th minute, the Devils erupted and stormed the Oysters’ net with three of their best players, Tommy Migchelbrink, Corey Gilmer and Ross Herr.
Migchelbrink scored on a through ball off the foot of Herr, leaving the Oyster defense and backup goalie, lying on the ground in bewilderment.
Senior center midfielder Migchelbrink, who leads the team with nine goals on the season, led the Devils with two goals in their 4-3 win over CRMS.
The victory was Eagle Valley’s first league victory, improving its league record to 1-2, and season record to 5-3.
“CRMS has improved 100 percent since last year,” said Migchelbrink. “I think we played well against them today because we were expecting a tough game. We had a different mentality when we lost to Aspen. We went into that game expecting to win, and it hurt us.”
Steve Sanford scored the first goal of the game off a cross from Tyler Berglund that sailed over the heads of the CRMS defense and came down in prime position for Sanford to rocket a header in.
“It was the best goal I’ve seen from these guys all season,” said Eagle Valley girls soccer coach Craig Large, who was on hand to watch the game.
CRMS’ Jeremiah Hutchins scored the Oysters’ first goal, but sweeper Jordan Meikle responded with a 40-yard bomb that soared over everyone on the field except for Eagle Valley’s second-string goalie, Mauricio Lagos, and dipped into the top of the Oysters’ net.
Lagos got the start because Devils’ starting goalkeeper Herr was late to the game.
“Mauricio played a good game,” said Eagle Valley boys soccer coach Brian Large. “But, he has some work to do to outplay Ross.”
The Oysters scored the next goal on a direct kick inside Eagle Valley’s 18.
Again, Meikle answered. He struck another bomb from 35 yards out on a direct kick, which grazed Migchelbrink’s head before bouncing into the back of the net.
“I told my boys to stay on their toes, or they’d be substituted,” said Brian Large. “When they get caught flat-footed is when we get in trouble.
“Also, we could have converted more offensively to put the game out of reach. But, it was a tight game they played. I felt we controlled most of the game, especially defensively.”
The Devils defense looked much-improved, relative to the beginning of their season.
“We need to work on finishing and communication, and overall passing skills are improving, but still could use some work,” said Migchelbrink. “But, our defense is really coming together. We’ve been filling in the holes, and Jordan had a great game.”
Eagle Valley hosts Vail Mountain School Thursday at 4 p.m.
Andrew Harley can be contacted at (970) 949-0555 ext. 608 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.