Devils turn the tables on Sailors in Gypsum
GYPSUM — Just five days after a 2-1 loss at Steamboat Springs, Eagle Valley girls soccer turned the tables on Tuesday night with a 2-1 victory over the Sailors at Hot Stuff Stadium in Gypsum for the Devils’ biggest win of the season.
Eagle Valley (4-1) overcame a 1-0 deficit with goals by Jesse Adams in the 26th minute and Mariel Gutierrez in the 42nd to hand Steamboat Springs (3-1) its first loss of the season.
“To come out on top against both Glenwood and Steamboat with Palisade and Battle Mountain right around the corner, we’re just focusing on leaning forward and seeing what happens,” Devils coach Stephen Baxter said.
The 4A Slope appears to be a four-way race with the aforementioned Battle Mountain the only squad without a blemish in league play, followed by the Devils, Sailors and Palisade. The Devils are new to this, but they showed veteran poise on Tuesday night, staving off a furious Steamboat Springs charge late, including a Sailors corner kick with fewer than two minutes to go.
“It was very exciting. That last corner kick was very intense,” Gutierrez said. “They had their keeper up. I was just glad that we were able to get it out.”
“Both goals from Eagle were really good,” Sailors coach Rob Bohlmann said. “They did well with their chances. It was definitely one of those games where the momentum shifted during the game. There was a lot of things that were happening. We showed urgency and were definitely putting them under pressure. Eagle did a great job to weather the storm. We did a good job to create opportunities.”
Eagle Valley’s Kaitlyn Borah nearly gave her team some insurance with a great shot, only to be stoned by Sailors keeper Ocoee Wilson. Steamboat’s Brooke Buchanan looked like she had the equalizer, only to see Eagle Valley’s Brennecke Gale parry her shot over the crossbar.
The Sailors’ Natalie Bohlmann broke the seal on the game in the 17th minute, but Eagle Valley responded with a rocket of a shot from Adams. Adams ended up feeding Gutierrez for what would be the game-winner early in the second half.
“We’re all trying to work as a team,” Gutierrez said. “The upperclassmen are trying to be leaders for the lowerclassmen, to show them what the team is about. It’s all about hard work.”
After struggling for years, Eagle Valley girls soccer seems to be trending in the right direction. After a surprising 7-8 season last year, the Devils are off to a hot start in 2015.
The Devils will try to keep it rolling when they are at Colorado Mesa University to face Palisade at 7 p.m. on Saturday, while Steamboat will attempt to bounce back on Thursday when it hosts Glenwood Springs.
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