Devils soccer falls victim to Longhorn-ball movement
EAGLE – Basalt’s passing game moved through Eagle Valley’s defense with the speed and sting of the bees – made frantic by the fluctuating temperatures of a Rocky Mountain autumn and their inevitable deaths – scattered throughout the Eagle County Fairgrounds Thursday afternoon during a 3-1 win over the Devils.
Basalt stands as the team to beat in the 3A Western Slope, and the Devils gave the Longhorns a great game.
However, the Devils – who’ve been plagued with inconsistent finishing all year – squandered numerous scoring opportunities with shanked shots, and were frequently robbed by stellar play from Basalt’s goalie.
“I’m proud of my kids today,” said Eagle Valley coach Brian Large. “They played a good game and showed good sportsmanship.”
Devils center midfielder Tommy Migchelbrink scored Eagle Valley’s lone goal in the first half on a penalty kick, after a Longhorn defender tripped up Corey Gilmer just inside Basalt’s box.
But, Basalt’s Felipe Sanchez and Ben Pollack both scored to lead the Longhorns into halftime with a 2-1 lead.
Omar Saucedo assisted Sanchez, and Sanchez assisted Pollack.
“We always play Basalt well because they’re a well-disciplined team,” said Large. “We fell victim to a couple of really good crosses, which they happened to connect well on. We had plenty of opportunities, though.”
In the second half, the Devils seemed to win the possession battle and provided themselves with ample scoring opportunities, but failed to convert.
Midway through the half, Basalt’s Hugo Araujo collected a sweet chip from Cy Eaton off an indirect kick from 30 yards out and struck it into the Devils’ right-side netting.
“We played pretty well. We did a lot of good things,” said Basalt coach Erik Streff. “We let their more, physical brand of game to take us out of our game a little.”
Devils sweeper Jordan Meikle played some tough defense. Devils right midfielder Tyler Berglund played well. And, midway through the game, Large moved Diego Chavez from left midfield to left fullback, and Chavez proved a fine defender.
The Devils host Aspen Tuesday at 4 p.m. in Eagle.
“If there’s one thing I want to accomplish with the rest of this season, it’s to beat Aspen,” said Large. “If we only win one more game this season, it’s going to happen on Tuesday, September 30th.”
Devils softball romps Basalt
Eagle Valley softball had no trouble with Basalt, who are in its first year with a varsity program, in a 15-2 rout Thursday in Eagle.
“We slowed up our pitching a lot in practice, so we’d be ready for this game,” said Devils shortstop Jessica Jagger, who went 2-for-3 with 2 doubles.
The Devils posted only one error in the game.
Whitney Beasley pitched a complete game in what was only her second start of the season – due to a back injury.
Eagle Valley travels to Gunnison Saturday for a game at 11 a.m.
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