Devils soccer squashes Paonia |

Devils soccer squashes Paonia

Andrew Harley

EAGLE – The Eagle Valley soccer team has quickly proved itself as a force with which to be reckoned.

The Devils rode on Tom Migchelbrink’s shoulders and his hat trick to a 4-1 victory over Paonia Thursday to improve their season record to 3-1.

The first half remained scoreless until the 30th minute, when Corey Gilmer poked a corner kick into the right side of Paonia’s goal.

The half ended with a Paonia save of Gilmer’s attempted no-look, heel shot.

The beginning of the second half had the Devils backed up in their territory due to a series of penalties and some overly-aggressive defense.

“I felt like we dominated the game,” said Eagle Valley coach Brian Large. “But, we have a lot of room for improvement.”

Migchelbrink’s first goal came on a long, line drive from beyond the 18-yard line, which dipped toward the center of the goal.

Paonia’s goalie appeared to have the shot covered, but, when he jumped to catch it, the ball snuck between his hands.

“They beat us, 4-1, at home last year,” said Migchelbrink, after his first high-school hat trick. “So, it was nice to come back and do the same to them this year.”

Migchelbrink’s second goal came on a penalty kick after Gilmer was violently tackled in Paonia’s box.

“The offense played well,” said Migchelbrink. “The defense had some gaps, but Jordan (Meikle) held the defense together at sweeper.”

Eagle Valley goalie Ross Herr played an impressive game, saving some tough shots, including a key breakup of a Paonia breakaway.

“Ross is a good player,” said Large.

The Devils travel to Basalt, the defending 3A Slope champion, on Saturday for a big match at 11 a.m.

Devils golf improving

The Eagle Valley golf team worked through a tough Haymaker course in Steamboat Springs Wednesday, emerging with some respectable scores.

Junior Peter Berg led the team with an 85.

“(The course was) pretty hard for everyone else, but it was pretty easy for me,” said Berg. “I think I was more relaxed. All aspects of my game were pretty strong (Wednesday).”

Dan Sample and Dylan Barkman shot 104s, James Ewing shot a 106 and Jake Vangen shot a 116.

The Devils traveled out to Craig Thursday for a tournament at Yampa Valley Golf Club, where they proceeded to shoot their best team score of the year – 264.

Ewing, a junior, led the team with an 85.

“I changed my swing a little because I was hitting off to the left (Wednesday),” said Ewing. “Our consistency is getting better. We just need to practice more, hit the driving range and play more during the summer.”

Dan Sample shot an 88 Thursday, Berkman shot a 91, Vangen shot a 92 and Berg had a 98.

Eagle Valley heads to the Eagle-Vail Golf Club Tuesday for a tournament, hosted by Battle Mountain.

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

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