Eagle Valley has a devil of a time with Glenwood
GYPSUM, Colorado – Eagle Valley clashed with Glenwood Springs twice this season on each team’s senior night, and the Demons won both – a pair of epic battles.
On Thursday, Glenwood came into Eagle Valley’s Hot Stuff stadium and left with a 4-2 win.
“This was sort of our playoff game,” said Glenwood coach John Mount.
The two teams were tied at halftime, 2-2, but Glenwood put up two in the second half for the win.
“We fought hard the whole game and we created a load of good chances that were blocked by a good Glenwood goalie,” Eagle Valley coach Jason Rittmiller said. “Now it’s all about finishing strong and doing some damage on the way out.”
Eagle Valley’s last two games are both on the road at Battle Mountain and Steamboat Springs.
“Eagle Valley is a talented team. The two Escobar brothers dominate the middle, and that makes them tough,” Mount said. “We made some adjustments at halftime and our players responded well in the second half.”
Four minutes in, Mike McGraw opened scoring for the Demons by slipping past the Devil defense deep on the left side and firing a shot across the goal mouth and just off the goalie’s fingertips and inside the right post.
Eagle Valley captain Martin Vasquez evened things at 1 when he drilled a penalty kick inside the right post.
Nestor Escobar fired home a spectacular goal for a 2-1 Eagle Valley lead when he picked the ball up at the top of the box, skipped left and then right for a clear look at the goal. He fired just as Glenwood keeper Caine Albrecht launched himself into the alley for a diving save. The rebound bounced left and Nestor split two Glenwood defenders and punched it into the left side.
The lead didn’t last long.
A bounding pass found Glenwood’s Eddie Sanchez at the top left corner of the penalty box. Sanchez turned and smacked it into the left side for a 2-all tie at halftime.
“I saw their goalie shift to his right, so I hit it to his left and got lucky,” Sanchez said.
Glenwood went up 3-2 eight minutes into the second half when Kellin Casey came up with the ball during a wild scramble in front of the net on a Demon corner kick.
Four minutes later, Nate Kaup scored on a breakaway for a 4-2 Glenwood lead.
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