Devils soccer punishes Skiers, 6-2
EAGLE – It may be too little, too late, but Eagle Valley soccer came out against Aspen Tuesday afternoon, looking like a postseason contender.
The Devils started the game with an obvious hunger which had been missing previously this season, and blew out the Skiers, 6-2.
The Devils took control early, and remained consistent throughout the game. Actually, the Devils were eerily consistent, winning each half, 3-1.
“We really wanted to win today, and it showed,” said Eagle Valley coach Brian Large. “We had a ton of scoring opportunities, yet we were merciful with our finishing.”
In the first half, Devils left fullback John King scored on a monstrous direct kick from midfield that bounced once and found the back of Aspen’s net.
Chad Kessler scored off an assist from Diego Chavez, and Steve Sanford scored off an assist from sweeper Jordan Meikle.
“It felt good to come back and beat them, after losing to them earlier this year,” said senior, center midfielder Tommy Migchelbrink.
Aspen’s Scott Wooley put a smooth cross in the Devils’ net to post the Skiers’ only goal of the first half.
“I was able to let each player to stay on the field for at least 20 minutes at a time, which allowed everyone to get into the rhythm of the game,” said Large.
The second half saw Migchelbrink single-handedly outscore Aspen, 3-2, for the game.
Migchelbrink picked up a hat trick in the second half.
Migchelbrink’s first goal came off a cross from Paige Mickley. Migchelbrink collected the ball, and, in a one-on-one, made Aspen’s goalie look rather clumsy for a varsity athlete.
Aspen’s Stephen Buzbee scored the Skiers’ lone goal of the second half with a powerful header off a cross from Matt Fox.
Not even 15 seconds later, Migchelbrink found himself along Aspen’s goal line with the ball, thanks to a nice pass from Chavez. Migchelbrink picked his spot from the narrow angle and hit it.
Migchelbrink scored the final goal of the game after Kessler was fouled in Aspen’s box.
“I think our formation worked pretty well, considering it allowed Tommy to get the ball so much in the attacking third of the field,” said Large.
Eagle Valley’s defense came up strong all game. Sanford had a standout game, and Devils goalie Ross Herr was a brick wall.
“I told the defense not to let any balls bounce, and they did a pretty good job,” said Large. “We also had to keep the ball away from their (Aspen’s) wings, who cross very well – they scored four goals in five minutes off of good crosses last time we played them.
“But, Aspen’s a young team, and I’ve seen them play a lot better. We were able to connect on a lot more passes and to take advantage of their offsides trap.”
The Devils improved their league record to 3-4.
The Devils travel to The Bob in East Vail to take on Vail Mountain School Thursday at 4 p.m.
Devils softball invinceable against Aspen
EAGLE – In the three games Eagle Valley has played against Aspen this year, the Skiers have scored a grand total of three runs. The Devils beat the Skiers, 10-0, Tuesday in five innings.
The Devils started the day by finishing a game started previously in the year at Aspen. The Devils led the game, 14-2, in the top of the fourth inning when it was rained out. The Devils went on to win that game, 19-2, Tuesday.
Brianna Ehlert led Eagle Valley’s offense by going 4-for-4 with a home run, a double and a walk. Jessica Jagger was 2-for-3 with a double.
In the Devils’ 10-0 victory, senior Sara LyBarger picked up the complete-game shutout, posting eight strikeouts, while allowing only two hits and one walk.
Eagle Valley’s defense had no errors in the second game.
“We came out pumped up today,” said Eagle Valley coach Brad Stiles. “We didn’t feel that they could beat us.”
In the second game, Amy Strakbein led the offense by going 4-for-4 and scoring four runs. Kayla Phillips was 2-for-4.
The Devils travel to Basalt Friday.
Devils volleyball stifles West Grand
GYPSUM – Eagle Valley volleyball played it cool Tuesday, by defeating West Grand in three games – 25-17, 25-9, 25-13.
“We got off to a slow start,” said junior captain Whitney Donohue. “But, we finally picked it up.
“We played a pretty well-rounded game. Our execution was a little off, but it ended up being effective.”
Kenzie Shreeve led the offense with 18 kills, and Trista Sandoval added seven.
“We played well as a team, and got attacks from every position,” said Shreeve. “I expected them to be a lot stronger when we came into the game.”
Donohue had 32 assists on the game.
Donohue had seven aces, and Shreeve added five.
Shreeve also led the defense with seven digs. Shannon Aragon and Donohue had six digs apiece. And, as a team, the Devils posted a whopping 32 digs.
“I think everybody came around in the second game,” said Mariah Scott. “Whitney started us out with some great serves. Trista, Mandy (Fischer) and Kenzie had some good hits. Shannon had some nice passes from the back. We could have played a lot better, but we came out and won anyway.”
The Devils host Basalt Friday at 5 p.m. for Homecoming.
Andrew Harley can be contacted at (970) 949-0555 ext. 608 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.