Devils teach Rams a lesson in 6-1 win
The first thing to do is obviously forget about the two losses. From the starting whistle, the Devils hounded Roaring Fork, but missed point-blank shots over the cross bar.
The second thing to do is turn those opportunities into goals, which the Devils did in abundance in the 6-1 Western Slope League win.
In the 24th minute, junior Staci Walls followed the formula to perfection, taking a pass from Vanissa Carroll and placing a rainbow just over the top of the Rams goalie and into the net.
The third and final step is the most obvious. Repeat step two.
Senior captain Lyndsay Beasley took that direction, taking a touch pass from junior Audrey Powell and, all alone, angled the ball off the sidebar and into the net. Roaring Fork added a goal just before halftime to close the lead to 2-1 at intermission.
“It was a game of halves,” Devils head coach Bob Graham said. “We struggled against a team that had a great deal of determination. I have to give them a lot of credit.”
The Rams, playing with just one substitute, came out of halftime with every intention of tying the score. A fully-outstretched Eagle Valley goalie, Stephanie Morris, was the only thing coming between the ball and an empty corner of the goal. Morris made the save, and a moment later, a Bree Mabley centering ball found sophomore Samantha Phillips in prime position. Phillips used two touches – one to get it past a defender, the other to get it into the goal –to give the Devils (10-4 overall, 7-2 in league) a 3-1 lead.
“Eagle Valley’s just a good team,” Rams head coach Gail Rippe said. “We just didn’t have a full team and the people to play.”
From there, Roaring Fork (3-7 overall, 3-6 in league) lost its gusto and Eagle Valley took control of the game.
“After the last two games and our loss at Aspen, I just wanted a chance to play again,” Phillips said. “I wanted to redeem myself.”
Redemption came in one form – goals. The Devils lost a 3-2 heartbreaker Thursday, two days after being thumped by Glenwood Springs. Eagle Valley needed a win Saturday to keep the second position in the league. With a 3-1 lead, the Devils made sure there was no Rams’ rally hidden up a Roaring Fork sleeve.
Wide open and 30-yards away from the goal, junior Brooke Baughfman boomed a ball into an open net to provide a three-goal cushion. Walls scored her second goal of the game in the 27th minute. In the 39th minute, Beasley took a sliding center ball from Carroll and, close enough to give the net a good tug, scored the goal.
It was the first two-goal game of the season for Walls.
“Even without the scores, she played a great game,” Graham said. “She completely dominated her side of the field.”
The Devils travel to take on conference frontrunner Basalt Tuesday in the Devils’ last regular season game. Basalt won the first match, 6-1.
“We have to play together, communicate a lot more,” Phillips said. “I think we can.”