Devils soccer falls to Aspen
Both games have been won on lone, second-half goals and, with two games remaining, both teams share a 6-2 record in the conference. The Devils are 9-4 overall, and have lost two straight.
“We, as we have done in our last two losses, lost composure in the second half,” head coach Bob Graham said. “Aspen’s a good team. They’re not going to let you do that.”
The similarities in the teams’ two meetings this season were profound. Aspen scored the first two goals in both meetings, before Eagle Valley came storming back to tie the score. Thursday, Aspen got the last goal midway through the second half. The Devils were unable to answer, leaving their fate in the hands of Roaring Fork (3-5 in conference) and Basalt (8-0 in conference). Aspen finishes its season against Olathe and Basalt.
“This puts everything in the air,” Graham said. “I still like our chances against Basalt and Roaring Fork.”
The Devils host Roaring Fork Saturday, a team they beat 6-0 earlier in the season, then travel to conference frontrunner Basalt on Tuesday, a team they lost to 6-1.
Thursday’s comeback was accomplished with quick strikes and a lucky bounce.
Down 2-0, Eagle Valley senior captain Bree Mabley found the ball at her feet with no defense between her and the goal. Mabley took her time and rocketed the ball into the upper, left window. Moments later on a free kick, junior Brooke Baughfman sent another ball past the Aspen defensive wall and off the hands of the Skiers goalie. Sophomore Samantha Phillips was there for the rebound and the tying score.
But that was all the offense Eagle Valley could muster.
“In truth, we didn’t deserve to win that game, we didn’t present enough dangerous stuff,” Graham said. “But we had the opportunities. Oh man, did we have a chance.”
Kickoff Saturday is scheduled for 11 a.m. at the Eagle County Fairgrounds.
Eagle Valley baseball will be hosting Meeker at the same time, also at the Fairgrounds. The Devils could clinch a conference championship with a pair of wins in the doubleheader.