Eagle Valley soccer breaks into win column – twice
GYPSUM – Eagle Valley’s soccer’s outlook on things has changed dramatically in 24 hours.
The Devils are on the young side, the Western Slope is a tough league and that led to an 0-11 start. Yet Eagle Valley doubled up Moffat County, 2-1, Thursday night for a Slope win and then blanked Summit County, 5-0, Friday at Hot Stuff in Gypsum.
“I’m going to call it a winning streak,” Devils coach Jason Rittmiller joked.
Yet, as much as Devils soccer has struggled this spring and in previous ones, this is big. It’s easy to go to practice when one is on a team that’s 10-1, and in the playoff and/or league hunt. It’s equally easy to go through the motions and accept that things are not going well when the team is 0-for-the-season.
The Devils didn’t and they were rewarded.
“It’s a relief because I’ve watched them work so hard, doing their drills and their conditioning,” Rittmiller said. “It’s disappointing to lose consecutive games like we did. With a win (Thursday), they got excited and they were a different team (Friday).”
Winning gets contagious. Megan Asmussen and Mariel Gutierrez scored to lift the Devils over Moffat. And Eagle Valley clearly liked the feeling.
Summit County is a solid team with five wins in 2012, and the Devils had their way with the Tigers. Gutierrez had a hat trick, while Asmussen and Maddie Cerny also found the back of the net.
Eagle Valley (ahem, 2-11) hosts Palisade Tuesday at 6 p.m.
Huskies girls lax eyes final stretch
EDWARDS – Battle Mountain girls lacrosse fell to Summit County, 12-10, Wednesday afternoon, but the Huskies continue to make strides.
Battle Mountain’s 4-6 with three games to play – the Huskies’ two scheduled dates with Telluride were scratched as the latter ended up not fielding a team this year. And one more win for the Huskies would be a school record for the four-year-old program.
“We’re competitive because we’re executing what we ask of them,” Battle Mountain coach Emily Jaissle said. “As a coach I think we’ve shined at times. I want us to put together 50 minutes of strong effort as opposed to 30 or 10.”
That will be the task Monday when the Huskies host archrival Eagle Valley at 4 p.m. on Monday. The Huskies are at Fruita Thursday and then host Aspen Friday for Senior Night.
Huskies boys lax wins
GLENWOOD SPRINGS – Battle Mountain boys lacrosse completed a season sweep of Glenwood Springs Friday, downing the Demons, 15-7.
Battle Mountain (10-4) hosts Regis’ JV team today at 4 p.m.
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