Devils soccer wins league opener |

Devils soccer wins league opener

Special to the DailyA.J. Rhoades, right, and Eagle Valley soccer opened league play with an 11-0 rout of Palisade Tuesday.

GRAND JUNCTION, Colorado – So far, Eagle Valley soccer has answered one question with aplomb. Now that Cesar Castillo – 42 goals last season – has graduated, who’s going to score?

Apparently, everyone.

After a 7-0 win at Middle Park last week, Eagle Valley opened 4A Slope play Tuesday with an 11-0 thrashing of Palisade. Eight different Devils scored.

“I’m not surprised,” Devils coach Jason Rittmiller said. “We had great scorers last year, and this year is their chance to shine. Cesar was a great player and still is. Our team misses him, but at the same time, we’re doing well. This year, I think we’re more spread out with more talent all-around. We’re a more diverse team and that will pay off throughout the year.”

Kevin Escobar had a hat trick, while Nate Barker found the net twice. David Shea, Nester Escobar, Eddie Campos, Omar Saucedo, Marco Escobar and Gonzalo Gomez all scored.

With Eagle Valley up 6-0 midway through the game, the Devils shuffled things up with different players in different positions.

“They did a seamless job with the transition,” Rittmiller said. “They reacted well to each other in different places and kept pressing forward.”

While Palisade is not the strongest of sides, Eagle Valley did pick up three points when it needed to, a fact made all the more important because only three teams from the 4A Slope qualify for the state playoffs this year. Montrose and Montezuma-Cortez no linger have a tie-in with the Slope.

With fewer spots, points will be precious. By beating Palisade, the Devils got a jump on both Steamboat Springs and Glenwood Springs. The Sailors and Demons played to a scoreless draw Tuesday in Glenwood and sit at one point each in the standings.

Eagle Valley is next in action Thursday at Coal Ridge at 4 p.m.

Huskies spikers bow to Rampart

COLORADO SPRINGS – Battle Mountain ran into to a tough assignment Tuesday night, falling to Rampart, ranked No. 10 in the state in 5A volleyball, falling to the Rams, 25-19, 25-18, 25-20.

The Huskies fell to 0-2 with both of their defeats coming to ranked squads (Montrose, No. 9 in 4A).

“We were definitely competitive,” Huskies coach Lara Bossow said. “We didn’t play as well as we could have. We’re still figuring everything out. Once we get everything together we’ll be good to go.”

The Huskies will certainly be ready for their next match. Battle Mountain hosts Summit County Tuesday and volleyball will be the first team at the school to play at the new campus in Edwards. Game time is 6:30 p.m.

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