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Eagle Valley falls in shootout

Ryan Slabaugh

But for the Eagle Valley Devils soccer team, it’s very much a reality.

Mirroring fellow 3A Western Slope League and county rival Vail Mountain School’s heartbreaking loss to Machebeuf in a shootout, Eagle Valley fell to Fountain Valley 3-2 in a shootout to lose to the Danes 2-1 Saturday afternoon in Colorado Springs.

“We pretty much controlled the ball the whole game,” senior Derek Fawcett said. “We had possession and they only had three or four shots.”

The Danes struck first and carried a 1-0 lead into the intermission. In the second half, 20 minutes in, Tommy Michelbrink fired a shot that rebounded in front of Cory Gilmer, who fired it past the Danes goalkeeper to tie the score.

The score would stay 1-1 through regulation, two five-minute overtimes and in the shootout, Eagle Valley couldn’t get its shots on target. The Devils’ Jason Guitierrez and Matt Hogoboom both converted their penalty kicks, but Fountain Valley scored on all but one, rolling to a 3-2 shootout advantage. All that was left for Eagle Valley was long faces and kind words from head coach Brian Large.

“I told them not to hang their heads too low,” Large said. “We played a great game. The best team lost today. That happens sometimes, and it happened to us this season two or three times. We know when we’re outplayed, but when you lose a game when you know you’re the better team, it hurts the most.”

Fountain Valley took the No. 4-seed from the 3A Tri-Peaks league into the game and improved to 10-5-1 overall.

Eagle Valley finished at 8-9 overall and had the fourth-seed from the 3A Western Slope. This is an improvement from a team that struggled in 2001.

“I look forward to having all my sophomores and juniors back next year,” Large said. “We’re going to have a great squad, for sure.”

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