Eagle Valley opens up 3A Slope with a win
The Oysters weren’t as raw as they were last year, but they still got served by the Eagle Valley girls soccer team Tuesday in Carbondale in the Devils 3A Slope opener.
“I’m not sure what their record is, but they are a much better team than we saw last year,” said Lady Devils coach Daiva Katieb, whose team beat the Oysters, 3-0. “I was very pleased with our playing. But, I definitely see that we need to improve on our goal scoring. We had many, many chances that we didn’t capitalize on.”
Eagle Valley got off to a good start in the first half when Tanaee Mickley scored her first of two goals in the 12th minute off an assist from Sam Phillips. The Devils were held scoreless for the remainder of the half but got untracked again in the second, with a little deja vu from Mickley and Phillips.
The duo teamed up again in the 52nd minute for another assist and score after making a rush on the Oyster net.
Then, for good measure, Sarah Reed slipped the ball past the Oysters goalie in the 74th minute during a melee in front of the net. Callie Madgziuk was credited with the assist.
“Defensively, we were very solid,” Katieb said. “They had probably less than five shots on us. I was very pleased with the showing of our freshmen and sophomore crews. As a group in general, they had a great game. Our sweeper Jessica Jagger really stood out. She did a good job of moving it forward out of the defensive part of the field and getting us back on offense.”
Devils’ goalie Mary Cochrane was credited with two saves.
With the win Eagle Valley improved to 1-0 in the 3A Slope, and 2-0-1 overall.