Devils soccer picks up all-league hardware
GYPSUM – For Eagle Valley girls soccer, 15 wins and second place in the 3A Western Slope means just one thing – hardware.
Five Devils landed on the all-league team, after going 15-2-1 on the season and earning a spot among the final eight teams in the state. Seniors Brooke Baughfman and Kathryn Brock, along with junior Sam Phillips, were honored as first-team selections.
Juniors Jessica Jagger and Stephanie Morris were honorable-mention picks.
“Each of the girls who were recognized earned that recognition. That’s not always the case,” Devils co-coach Daiva Katieb said. “They deserve it. It’s nice to highlight these girls, but every game is a team effort. We had superstars out there, but every game featured 11 players at a time on the field.”
Katieb, along with co-coach Craig Large, also picked up the coach-of-the-year honors in the league. The unique set-up, which featured two coaches swapping duties and philosophies, didn’t seem to hurt the best soccer team in the school’s history.
“I think it really helped the girls that they had two people to look up to,” Katieb said.
Baughfman, a center-midfielder, and Phillips, a forward, led the team with 26 goals while Brock, the other center-midfielder, was in on most of the assists. Jagger, a junior sweeper, and Morris, the goalkeeper, will be returning next year to anchor a team that loses nine seniors to graduation.
“We will be missing two major players in the middle of the field,” Large said. “It will be a year or two until we fill that spot. Next year, we’re going to be, more or less, rebuilding. We have players to fill those shoes, but they just don’t have the experience. Mostly, it’s going to be the freshmen and sophomores who will be picking up where they left off.”
Phillips will also be returning to anchor the offense.
“A lot of coaches (around the league) were disappointed to hear that,” Katieb said.
The team wrapped up its season Monday with a banquet.
“There were a lot of tears,” Katieb added. “But happy tears, I think.”
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