Wet one: Devils edge Demons
Not even bad weather can put a halt in Eagle Valley’s un-losing streak. In a slip-sliding soccer battle in rain, sleet, snow, mud and freezing temperatures on Wednesday night, the Devils edged Glenwood Springs 2-1 in the regular season finale for both teams.Cesar Castillo and Adrian Aguilar each scored for the Devils, who have gone 6-0-2 in their last eight games. The streak was good enough to catapult the Devils (6-4-2 Class 4A Western Slope League, 6-6-2 overall) into the playoffs. “The field stunk for both teams. No one had an advantage and it was who ever took it,” said Eagle Valley head coach Jason Rittmiller. “They played hard, they played well and they had some great shots, too, we got more of them in the goal.”
Glenwood goalie Kurt Hartman made 15 saves on the night, including numerous diving stops and reaching punchouts. The Demon junior kept Glenwood in the game, despite admitting to numbness from the cold.”It was pretty hard. It was cold, that was the main part,” Hartman said. “It was really cold.”Eagle Valley, which outshot the Demons 18-9, got on the board first when Hartman bobbled a ball and Castillo took control of it and kicked it into Glenwood’s goal. Almost seven minutes into the game, Eagle Valley went up 1-0.
“I felt it could have gone either way. Obviously first half it was an unlucky goal, it was a fluke,” said Glenwood head coach John Mount. “I was proud of our guys tonight, we did well and definitely played possession well.”Glenwood tied the game up a little under 20 minutes later, when Travis Whitman dropped a corner kick in front of Eagle Valley’s goal. It bounced around for a few seconds before Dillion Martin put it in.The tie didn’t last long, however, as Eagle Valley scored 48 seconds later. A Castillo corner kick bounced off the red-stocking-cap-covered head of Adrian Aguilar and into the Demon net.
Both teams put together some quality scoring chances after that, but neither was able to finish.”We were close, we just didn’t connect on a lot of things,” Hartman said of Glenwood. With players falling down and without one of Glenwood’s star forwards, Glenwood tried to the very end to get a score. Nothing seemed to work though, even on a corner kick with only seconds to go.
“We were missing our star center mid Fabian (Tapia) … That obviously made a difference,” Mount said. “It got pretty sloppy there at the end.”Despite Glenwood’s loss, the Demons (6-5-1 WSL, 6-8-1 overall) still have a shot at the postseason. With Montrose and Montezuma-Cortez thrown into the standings, Glenwood has to be in the top five the Class 4A Western Slope region to advance. Right now, the Demons are vying for that fifth spot. If Montezuma-Cortez loses to or ties Durango today, Glenwood’s in. If Montezuma-Cortez wins, it is in and Glenwood’s out.
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