Eagle Valley tops Aspen
Aspen, CO Colorado
GYPSUM, Colo. – Lightning struck twice with two first half goals, and Eagle Valley made them stand up with its second shutout this week.
This one saw the Devils blank Aspen, 2-0. They shut out Glenwood Springs, 1-0, on Tuesday.
The game also saw a 45 minute halftime delay for lightning and heavy rain, possibly the best halftime show in High Country soccer this year.
“We had a strong game and I’m glad we got to play Aspen,” said Eagle Valley coach Jason Ritmiller.
Eagle Valley spent the early part of the game on its heels and in its own end as Aspen set an aggressive pace.
That all changed in the 15th minute, when Eagle Valley scored its first goal.
During a scramble deep in the box, Alexis Fernandez was staked out on on the right side of the goal. When the ball rebounded and caromed his way, his job was easy. He tucked it inside the post for a 1-0 lead.
With the goal, the Devils strutted a little more, playing more aggressively.
Eagle Valley’s second goal was more of the same. Freddy Vasquez pounced on a bouncing ball on the right side of the penalty box, and drilled it inside the right post for a 2-0 lead.
Eagle Valley leaned on its defense to keep the visitors at bay.
“Our defense rocked it out,” Ritmiller said.
Eagle Valley’s Julio Garcia, Saul Salizar, Chris Hasbrouck and Otto Jordan managed to shut down the Aspen attack when it counted.
Still, Aspen was close enough, often enough to be justifiably frustrated. The Skiers forced Eagle Valley goalie Jose Serna to make 11 saves in the second half alone. Most shots were straight at him, but some saves were acrobatic. His most spectacular was a diving deflection that tipped one strong Aspen shot over the crossbar with 11 minutes left.
The Skiers have scored seven goals in their last nine games.
“We must have had 15 shots on goal [in the second half], but could not put oen in the back of the net,” Aspen head coach Junior Sutherland said. “It’s the same old story. We totally dominated. … We need to have a little luck go our way sometime.”
The Skiers host Roaring Fork at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday. (Saturday’s originally scheduled road game against Vail Mountain School has been pushed to Friday, Oct. 15.)
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