Palisade has a Devil of a time with Eagle Valley |

Palisade has a Devil of a time with Eagle Valley

Phil Sandoval
Vail, CO Colorado
Phil Sandoval/Grand Junction Free Eagle Valley's Cesar Castillo (left) helped lead the Devils to a 10-0 victory on Tuesday over Palisade. Castillo scored five goals in the win.

PALISADE, Colorado ” Cesar Castillo continues to make Western Slope League opposing defenses miserable.

In his annual return to Palisade, that produced a 10-0 Eagle Valley win, Castillo zipped his way to a five-goal game past a confused, frustrated Bulldogs back line that spend most Tuesday’s match looking back at the No. 9 stitched on the back of his jersey.

When asked of his performance, Castillo deflected attention away from himself, giving credit to his teammates.

“We just came to play our game. It was a great team effort,” he said. “Everyone play good, had fun and played hard.”

As much as Castillo tried to defer the spotlight to others, It didn’t take long for the Devils forward to make the match his own. Castillo kicked it deep inside Palisade’s goal just 15 seconds in. Palisade keeper Rolando Vargus managed to get enough of that drive to keep the ball out of the net.

Another Castillo drive came 45 seconds later. And so on. And so on. And so on. After getting turned away three straight times Castillo found the far left post on a crossing shot from the right side in the sixth minute ” right after Eagle Valley keeper Trever Grayson deflected Clancy Jandreau’s goal kick over the crossbar.

It was Palisade’s only scoring attempt in the first half. Energized by Castillo’s goal, the Devils offense turned on the engines. Gonzalo Gomez scored his first of two goals two minutes later. Irving Hernandez raised the lead to 3-0 in the 16th minute.

Then Castillo took over again. He scored twice in 15 minutes to raise Eagle Valley’s lead to 5-0 just before halftime. The 10 minute intermission was the longest period he was away from the ball throughout the match.

Goal No. 4 of the day came with less than 10 seconds elapsed in the second half. That score was a repeat of the play Vargas had stopped earlier.

Eagle Valley controlled the kickoff then Castillo dribbled unmarked goalward to the near left post where with a short move, he tucked the ball into the net. His final goal came in the 59th minute to give Eagle Valley a 8-0 advantage.

In all, according to the Devils stats, they finished with 41 shots on goal. Palisade countered with three. So far as league play goes, it was the first match for both clubs. But, the convincing win left Eagle Valley (2-0) with a boost of confidence for their upcoming match against 3A Coal Ridge at Hot Stuff Stadium.

For Palisade (1-2), it gets worse. On Thursday, the Bulldogs travel to perennial WSL powerhouse Battle Mountain, who started off the season with a 4-1 nonleague win over Summit Tuesday.

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