Gone with the wind
EAGLE – Eagle Valley soccer closed out its season with a 4-3 loss to Moffat County Saturday.The wind was an asset for both teams Saturday, unfortunately, its last round of help benefited Moffat.”It seemed to be a big factor,” said Eagle Valley coach Brian Large. “After every goal kick, you had to play short ball. It was pretty easy for one team to play on one side of the field with the wind. It was hard for the goalkeeper to judge.”Saturday’s game was almost a rerun of the Devils’ match against Moffat two weeks ago, score and all. Large said the Devils did improve their game a bit in Saturday’s standoff.”John King had a very good game in midfield,” he said. “He gave great passes and had a lot of enthusiasm by winning all the 50-50 balls and winning possession away from Moffat. He did it without fouling anyone. Our team has a habit of going in too strong and making fouls. John did a good job of controlling it.”Eagle Valley scored all three of its goals in the first half. Kyle Simonett had the first with an assist from Brian McDonough. Andrew Hoza scored the second goal, the last of his Eagle Valley soccer career, with an assist from Jaime Fernandez. Matt Barker put the Devils’ final shot in the net with help from Jordan Meikle. Billy Rodriguez dribbled the ball down from half field, dodging several defenders, but his shot hit the post.The half-time score was, 3-1, Eagle Valley, but the wind took a turn for the second half and Moffat’s sails expanded enough to put a hat trick in for the win.”It was a decent game to end on,” Large said. “The officiating was decent, and also the play was fair. We are a physical team; so is Moffat County. Both teams toned it down and played good soccer.”Staff Writer Shauna Farnell can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 610, or email@example.com.Vail, Colorado
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