Devils soccer dusts Moffat, 3-0 |

Devils soccer dusts Moffat, 3-0

John Vandelinder
Vail, CO Colorado
Special to the Daily/John VandelinderEagle Valley's Tanya Silva heads a ball against Moffat County Saturday in Craig. The Devils beat the Bulldogs, 3-0, behind two goals from Pearl Nanin and a second-half tally from Silva.

CRAIG, Colorado ” With one win apiece and sitting at the bottom of the league standings, Saturday’s match up between Eagle Valley and host Moffat County in girls soccer action, wasn’t carrying much value in the hunt for playoff positioning.

But it was a big game for both teams, which have been struggling for wins all season.

And the Devils got it done with three goals in the final 15 minutes for a 3-0 win, ensuring that Eagle Valley will happily avoid last place in the 4A Slope.

Both of Eagle Valley’s (2-11) wins this season, have been against the Bulldogs, with the Devils prevailing 5-1 earlier this month at home.

“This is a great win for a program like ours,” Eagle Valley coach Francois Nanin said. “We started at the bottom and these girls, over the last 10 days, have really been progressing.”

The teams battled to a scoreless tie at the half, but the time of possession clearly went to the Devils.

The second half is when Eagle Valley broke through.

“Soccer is an 80-minute game,” Nanin said. “We won it in the last 15 minutes. That’s why we play the whole 80 minutes.”

With less than 15 minutes remaining in the contest, Pearl Nanin deposited a long rebound off Moffat goalie Imelda Hernandez into a wide-open Bulldogs net.

The goal deflated the Bulldogs, as the Devils dominated the remainder of the game.

Tania Silva broke down the right sideline untouched, scoring with fewer than 10 minutes remaining in regulation.

Pearl Nanin struck again four minutes later, accounting for the final margin of victory.

“I was thinking hat trick,” Pearl Nanin said. “There wasn’t a lot of time left, but I was. We are just playing to win right now.”

Eagle Valley heads to Steamboat Springs Tuesday for a 4 p.m. match.

John Vandelinder can be reached at 875-1793, or

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