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Taylor earns all-league honors for Eagle Valley

Ian Smith
Vail, CO Colorado
Daily File PhotoEagle Valley's Jaclyn Taylor advances the ball up the field during a game earlier this season. Taylor was named first-team all-league for her play.

GYPSUM, Colorado ” The Eagle Valley girls soccer team went through a tough 2009 season, but there were still a couple of bright spots for the Devils.

Jaclyn Taylor was named to the 4A Slope all-league team for her play this season. Pearl Nanin earned a spot on the honorable-mention squad.

The best part for Eagle Valley? Both players will be back for the Devils next season.

Taylor, a junior, helped stabilize the Eagle Valley defense from her stopper position.

“She was our defensive leader,” Eagle Valley coach Francois Nanin said. “She was the most disciplined (defender) and the most aggressive. She was great.”

One characteristic Nanin really enjoyed about Taylor was her effort on the pitch.

“She was a leader by example,” Nanin said.

While Taylor held down the defense, Pearl Nanin was one of the Devils’ main offensive threats. Lack of the depth forced Francois to move Pearl around this season but it didn’t affect her play.

“Unfortunately, we couldn’t use her as a pure forward,” Francois said. “She was moving around from forward, to left-mid, to center-mid. She is definitely going to grow next year as a more complete player.

“As an athlete, she’s one of the top three in the school. Her speed was huge.”

The Devils didn’t win a game this year, but they showed plenty of improvement. To accelerate the process, Eagle Valley formed a club team unaffiliated with the school and hopes to play in a couple of tournaments in June.

Sports Writer Ian Smith can be reached at 970-748-2935 or ismith@vaildaily.com.

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