Eagle Valley soccer tops Delta
DELTA — Here’s the new challenge for Eagle Valley soccer — winning games you’re meant to win.
Coming off a huge 1-0 victory over Battle Mountain on Thursday, the Devils almost fell into a trap in Delta before coming back to beat the Panthers, 3-1.
“They have the perception that now they’re a big name and wins should come easy,” Devils coach Bratzo Horruitiner said. “Every point (in the standings) is important in trying to reach the objective.”
The Devils, who appear to be in their first 4A Slope race since the 2008-09 years of Cesar Castillo and company, were flat early and the Panthers grabbed an early 1-0 lead. But Andres Morales to Aaron Ledzma was the equalizer before halftime.
In the second half, the Devils adjusted to the narrow grass field at Delta and started playing their game.
Noel Ruiz got a penalty kick and converted it, but the Devils were ruled to have moved too quickly, so the score was nullified. Ruiz took the kick again and a buried it for a 2-1 lead. Alex Torres added some insurance with another tally.
This was the only 4A Slope game of the day, so Eagle Valley moved into a tie with Glenwood Springs at 2-1 for six points in the league, with Steamboat Springs (1-0), and Battle Mountain (1-1) in tow. Summit County, the defending champion, has yet to play a Slope game.
Eagle Valley is at Central on Tuesday at 5 p.m.
Jefferson Academy tops VMS
The Vail Mountain School soccer team lost a tight one in its opener at Jefferson Academy, 3-2 on Saturday.
VMS got off to a good start when Dylan Cunningham fed Liam Hurley in the seventh minute. Hurley returned the favor to Cunningham in the second half.
“We played well in the first 30 minutes of each half,” VMS coach Pete Petrovski said. “We made some mistakes, which cost us. That’s a little bit of inexperience. I like the way we played. We possessed and created some chances.”
And that’s why a team has nonconference games on the schedule. Along those lines, VMS is at Basalt for another nonleague game on Tuesday. Their regular league fixture is on the last day of the season at the hallowed grounds of Bandoni Alumni Field.
Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934, firstname.lastname@example.org and @cfreud.