Eagle Valley soccer beats Steamboat Springs, 6-0; Palisade up next
GYPSUM — Eagle Valley is making some noise in the Western Slope this season, and after a 6-0 win against Steamboat Springs on Saturday, the Devils have now won five in a row.
“I think we’re more on the same page,” Devils coach Maggie Sherman said of her team this year. “We went into the season knowing that we had something to say this year.”
Entering Saturday’s matchup, the Sailors (3-3, 3-2 Western Slope) and Devils (6-2, 4-1 Western Slope) were second and third in the league, respectfully, behind Palisade (3-0). And, in another bit of good news, Battle Mountain beat Palisade, 3-2, pulling the Devils into a tie in the loss column with the Bulldogs.
The Devils are at Palisade on Tuesday, while the Sailors look to get back on track against Glenwood Springs.
“That’s a big one. We’re excited for that,” Sherman said of facing the Bulldogs.
‘Finally coming together’
Steamboat and Eagle Valley exchanged opportunities early in the first half on Saturday.
Delaney Moon and Kelly Petix helped the Sailors put pressure on Devils goalie Brennecke Gale, but the junior keeper snuffed any opportunities at the net.
Jessica Adams finally cracked the scoreboard for Eagle Valley about halfway through the first half when she found herself along from 30 yards out, squared up and drilled a top-shelf goal off of the Steamboat goalie’s outstretched fingertips and the 1-0 lead.
Four minutes later, Adams connected with Sofia Aguilar who made one move around the goalie but was stopped by a Steamboat defender, setting up a Devils corner kick. Adams found Aguilar again in front of the net for the header goal and 2-0 lead.
“It’s finally coming together and it feels so good,” Adams said. “We work so hard in practice and it’s paying off.”
Adams completed her first-half hat trick with a chip shot completely up and over the Steamboat goalie from 25 yards out on a pass from Aguilar.
“I think this year she’s taking the leadership role and being a playmaker,” Sherman said. “In this game, I think she really came into her own. It’s really great to watch her progress.”
The Sailors stalled on offense and struggled to maintain ball control. Missing a striker due to injury, they couldn’t seem to get quality shots as Gale and the Devils defense secured the shutout.
“Eagle’s very organized on both sides of the ball,” Sailors coach Rob Bohlmann said. “It was some of the best soccer that we’ve seen in the league so far.”
The Devils also worked in freshmen Emma Uribe, Emily Conklin and Uma Nanin on Saturday.
“We want to create a competitive environment and some of the freshmen have really showed up this year,” Sherman said.
The second half was all Devils as Ginny Osteen sank a corner kick for a goal and the 4-0 lead early in the second half. (For those keeping score at home, Osteen now has two corner-kick goals in her high school career.)
Aguilar completed her hat trick with a late goal, and Lizbeth Sandoval added the final goal on a kick up and over the goalie.
The Sailors are set to host Glenwood Springs after losing to the Demons in the season-opener, 2-1.
“It’s a great opportunity for us because that was our opening game,” Bohlmann said. “It wasn’t our sharpest game and up until this point we’ve approved along the way.”
The Devils hope to keep the momentum going against Palisade.
“That’s a big game so we have to have a hard week at practice and come out ready,” Adams said.
Reporter Ross Leonhart can be reached at 970-748-2915 and email@example.com. Follow him on Instagram at colorado_livin_on_the_hill.
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