Eagle Valley soccer downs Summit in OT
Denilson golden again
GYPSUM — Eagle Valley soccer laid a brick on Tuesday.
Don’t worry. It was a good brick, one that’s part of the foundation of a good program.
“Remember that time we were down, 2-0, to Summit County and we came back and Denilson got the penalty kick in overtime?”
Eagle Valley, indeed, did erase a 2-0 first-half deficit on Tuesday night against the Tigers and Denilson Sandoval came through with his second golden goal of the year during the first block of extra time for a 3-2 win.
“I think it’s a huge game where we learned a lot about our resiliency,” Devils coach Maggie Sherman said. “We have our core values on our shirts — grit, fearlessness, commitment, and love — those are our four that are our non-negotiables.”
And those were on display on Tuesday as the Devils crept back to the .500 mark at 4-4.
Digging out of the hole
Tuesday started grimly as the Devils fell behind 2-0 on goals from Saul Enriquez and Maschelle Kepple.
Though Eagle Valley managed the half the lead during the first half on a nifty cross from Denilson and equally sweet one-timer from Heath Nager, the squad need to make adjustments.
At the half, Sherman had the Devils tuck in their outside backs to prevent the Tigers’ through balls and tightened up the midfield as well.
Eagle Valley thought it had the equalizer on a Denilson header which clanked off the post during the second half.
“I thought it was in,” Denilson said. “I was already celebrating.”
Denilson officially put his name on the scoresheet during the 66th minute when his shot slipped through the hands of the Tigers’ goalie.
In the first overtime frame, Denilson got knocked down in the box and calmly converted the shot to the upper right corner.
After a 1-14 campaign last fall, Eagle Valley needed lots of work everywhere. But part of the rebuilding process comes from playing.
Tuesday’s game is now a moment upon which Eagle Valley can collectively call the next time it’s on the wrong end of a deficit.
“I think that’s been the biggest piece we’ve struggled with in the past,” Sherman said. “We’ve now found little pieces to get past that. That was awesome.”
Eagle Valley heads to Rifle on Thursday.
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