Devils soccer shows big potential with strong start |

Devils soccer shows big potential with strong start

Andrew Harley

Eagle Valley boys soccer bolted out of the gates this weekend at the Demon Invitational in Glenwood Springs with two wins and a hard-fought loss to a 5A team.

The Devils faced Thunderridge, from Denver, Friday, and lost 3-2.

“I think we played pretty well,” said Eagle Valley soccer coach Brian Large. “We had a strong defense. I wish we could have possessed the ball more. But, they’re a ranked, 5A team, and, by the end of the game, we were about to tie it up.”

Paige Mickley scored against Thunderridge on a header off a corner kick from Tyler Berglund.

Tom Migchelbrink scored the other goal on a penalty kick after Cory Gilmere was charged from behind in the penalty area.

“We haven’t played much together, so in the first game, we had to work out some “inner-team issues,'” said center midfielder Migchelbrink.

The Devils beat Fort Lupton Saturday morning, 2-1.

Gilmere and Irvin Reyes scored the Devils’ two goals.

“We really picked things up in the second game,” said Migchelbrink. “The team (Fort Lupton) was just as hard as the first (Thunder Ridge).”

Eagle Valley began to show some true dominance Saturday afternoon in a 7-0 win over Roaring Fork.

Billy Rodriguez and Gilmere led goalscorers with two apiece. Berglund, Migchelbrink and Wes Minett scored the other three goals.

“We have more than 11 guys who are capable of starting,” said Large. “Since the bench is so deep, I try and give everyone some playing time.”

The Devils’ are led by two senior captains, Migchelbrink and Chad Kesler.

“It’s (the team) coming together quite well,” said Large. “I’m very pleased with them so far. We’ve had good leadership out of our captains, and I think we’re looking pretty good so far.”

Eagle Valley has a tough defense, and it plays a three-man offense – three forwards – to pressure the ball up front.

“We’ve really started coming together, and we’re looking forward to playing Vail Mountain School (on Sept. 18),” said Migchelbrink.

Eagle Valley faces Paonia at home on Thursday at 4 p.m.

Andrew Harley can be contacted at (970) 949-0555 ext. 608 or at

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