Reyes nets two in win over CRMS
A wink before Cathy Reyes took a bite out of her birthday cake Thursday at the Eagle County Fairgrounds, the sun peeked through the clouds and shrouded the Devils junior in a wash of bright light.
On an afternoon in which Reyes netted two goals in a 4-1 win over the Colorado Rocky Mountain School, played in an on-again, off-again stream of rain, sleet and hail, it was only fitting that the sun popped out once the game was over to illuminate what had already been a bright day for the 17-year-old midfielder.
“I loved (the weather). I love rain, that’s what I wanted,” said a smiling Reyes after the game. “Playing in the hail was even better.”
The Devils, fresh off a tough loss to the Vail Mountain School on Tuesday, didn’t waste any time setting the tone Thursday against the Oysters. Reyes scored her first goal of the afternoon off an assist from Kirsten DeGroat, just before the weather went from threatening to frightening.
The hard rain that began to fall quickly afterward eventually turned into driving hail, slowing down the first-half action considerably. Players fought to keep their eyes open against the slicing ice balls and keep their feet planted in the wet grass, with neither team netting any more goals before the break.
In the second half, sophomore striker Tanaee Mickley got the Devils’ offense going after she caught up to a long pass from Jessica Jagger and blasted it past Oysters goalie Mar Jensen.
Shortly thereafter, Mickley was fouled in the box and Jagger, taking the penalty kick, flicked a beautiful pass left to Sarah Reed who one-timed it past Jensen into the top-left corner of the net.
The assist, which looked like a designed play, with Reed being the only Devil stationed to the left, while the rest of the offense positioned themselves to the right of Jagger, was actually Jagger improvising because of the poor angle she had on the goal.
“I’ve never really taken that many (penalty kicks) that close,” Jagger said. “I’m usually closer out by the 18 (yard marker). Sarah said that she was open, and so did Tanaee. But then, Tanaee got covered. I knew Sarah had the angle.”
The Oysters finally got on the board late in the game after Devils goalie Mary Cochrane and Oysters midfielder Tricia Harutun collided in the box going for a loose ball. CRMS forward Hanna Farrar took the ball that had trickled away from the collision – with both Harutun and Cochrane on the ground – and kicked it into the empty net.
Reyes then put the finishing touches on the Eagle Valley win with a blast from 10 feet outside the box, which floated into the left side of the Oysters’ net. After firing the shot, the junior fell to her knees on the ground, trying to take in some air.
“I had just gotten the wind knocked out of me,” Reyes said “I just took the shot and didn’t really expect it to go in.”
Both teams each had golden opportunities to notch another score in the waning minutes of the game, but were unable to put the ball in net. The Devils’ Jenna Rowe whiffed on a kick off a nice centering cross from Lakota Doig that looked like a surefire goal and CRMS’ Megan White kicked an uncontested shot right into the hands of Cochrane, after she caught the Devils defense out of position.
“This was a whole different team than what we saw (Tuesday),” Devils coach Daiva Katieb said. “It was a great team effort. Our defense, in particular, did a fabulous job and there were definitely some personal bests today. There were lots of really good efforts out there.”
With the win, Eagle Valley improved to 3-2 in the 3A Slope.
Devils baseball drubs Aspen
While the girls soccer team was taking care of CRMS in Eagle, the baseball team was polishing off Aspen in Gypsum.
The Devils used solid pitching from starter Steve Evancho and consistent small ball offense to beat the Skiers, 10-3.
Evancho pitched the first four innings, notching three strikeouts before Brett Klahr and Andy Johnson finished out the game, with Klahr pitching into the sixth inning and Johnson finishing with the save.
Klahr also blasted his third home run of the season – a three-run shot in the sixth – that put the Devils ahead by seven.
“We’re getting better,” Devils coach Derek Cordes said. “I’m happy. I’m not thrilled with it. I thought we could have hit the ball a little better. But as far as small game goes – bunting, hit-and-runs – I thought we played well. That’s what we’re trying to focus on is the mental game, both offensively and defensively.
“We are showing improvement. (The pitchers) threw strikes and we did make defensive plays. That’s one thing that we must have happen. I am impressed with that. Offensively, I wasn’t very happy, but defensively I was impressed.”
The Devils improved to 3-1 in the 3A Slope and 5-3 overall.
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