Vail Valley preps: Devils blank Summit, 5-0
GYPSUM – The ref blew the whistle and pointed to the center of the pitch and that was that.
After nearly two years, Eagle Valley girls soccer broke into the win column with a convincing 5-0 victory Thursday over Summit County at Hot Stuff Stadium. For the trivially-inclined, the Devils’ last win was on April 26, 2008, a 3-0 blanking at Moffat County.
In a case of some nice symmetry, Pearl Nanin scored twice against the Bulldogs two years ago – Tanya Silva had the other goal – and Nanin had a pair Thursday against the Tigers.
“It is huge,” Devils coach Francois Nanin said. “I am so happy for the girls. I can see the maturity of the team growing.”
While one might of seen this long-awaited win coming after the way the Devils played Battle Mountain in a 4-1 loss Wednesday, Nanin said it goes further back than that. He could see it starting to happen in the second game of the season against 5A Grand Junction Central in the second game of the season.
“It was really an eye-opener,” Nanin said. “We played with a playoff team, the champions of the (Southwest) League. We lost, but they could see they could play with anyone.”
After that, the Devils lost close games to Moffat and Battle Mountain, but the stage was set.
Paige Genelin had what would be the game-winner 20 minutes into Thursday’s contest. The Devils were a little slow in starting, having played the Huskies the day before, but Eagle Valley soon got its legs.
Pearl Nanin had the first of her two. Megan Cochrane then struck. Amanda Reale converted on a penalty kick to give the Devils a 4-0 margin at the half. After Nanin scored in the second half, Eagle Valley called it a day. Having been on the wrong end of some routs during their recent dry spell, the Devils switched out players freely after that cruising home to win.
Eagle Valley (1-4, with a heavy emphasis on the one) is off for spring break and hosts Delta March 30.
Battle Mountain 4, Rifle 0
RIFLE – Welcome to a very well-deserved spring break, Battle Mountain.
Huskies soccer finished its three-day marathon in fine style, blanking Rifle, 4-0, Thursday, a great capper to a week which included wins against Steamboat Springs and Eagle Valley.
“They put in a solid shift this week at the factory,” Huskies coach David Cope said. “And it’s a nice position for them to go into the break.”
Battle Mountain heads into the vacation at 4-0 on top of the Northern Division of the 4A Slope and is 5-0 overall. The Huskies outscored their three opponents, 11-2, this week.
Stephanie Woodruff found the onion bag twice against the host Bears, while both Maddie LyBarger and Katie Harris also added tallies. The mixed scoring is particularly nice for Battle Mountain given that Lizzie Seibert, the team’s leading scorer, made the trip to Rifle, but rested her injured hamstring.
“It was a big week for confidence for Katie, Haille (Hogfeldt) and Steph Woodruff,” Cope said. “That’s the great thing about high school sports. An opportunity can come up and you never know who’s going to seize it.”
Battle Mountain will be running in practice today, so bring your sneakers, ladies. The Huskies are at Moffat March 30.
Grand Junction 13, Eagle Valley 10
GRAND JUNCTION – If this is Eagle Valley girls lacrosse’s offense not quite being up to snuff, the Devils are going to make some noise this year.
Eagle Valley had an impressive season-opener Thursday, falling at Grand Junction, 13-10.
“I thought we really did well,” Devils coach Jamie Mayne said. “We definitely need to work on getting our offensive plays in. Other than that, everyone is in great shape and we never let down. We kept fighting.”
Eagle Valley’s next game is at home March 30 at Aspen.
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