Veteran Eagle Valley soccer team cruises past Palisade

Palisade High School’s Alfonso Medina, left, and Eagle Valley’s Marco Escobar race toward a loose ball during the first half of Tuesday’s game at Walker Field.

It wasn’t pretty for Palisade.

Tuesday night at Walker Field, the Bulldogs soccer team was blanked 10-0 by Eagle Valley.

In the Western Slope League opener for both teams, Eagle Valley controlled the game.

The Devils took 32 shots on goal to Palisade’s six. Eagle Valley led 6-0 at halftime and never gave the Bulldogs (1-2, 0-1 WSL) an opportunity to get back into the game.

For Palisade coach Drake Jandreau, the lopsided loss didn’t come as much of a surprise.

“(Eagle Valley) had 19 returning seniors try out for their team, and we had two,” Jandreau said. “So we are young and we are going to have a hard time competing with those guys.”

Eagle Valley controlled the ball for most of the game and scored many of their goals on breakaways. The Devils’ Nate Barker led the way scoring, four goals, all in the first half.

Kevin Escobar added two and Marco Escobar and Omar Sancedo each scored one goal.

“We don’t have the speed to keep up with those guys,” Jandreau said. “They executed well, but I felt like we came out better in the second half.”

Palisade goalkeeper Rosalio Ornelas had an exciting evening, finishing with 13 saves.

The Bulldogs keeper was under constant attack from a unrelenting Eagle Valley offense.

“Rosalio got a lot of action tonight,” Jandreau said. “But I thought he performed well because the score could have been a lot bigger. He made some spectacular saves, and was very active out there.”

The Bulldogs came into the game on a high after topping Bayfield 4-0 last Saturday.

Jandreau said it was hard to make the big jump in competition to the talented Eagle Valley team.

“I think the kids felt pretty good about the weekend down south, and this is a tough team to meet for the next game,” Jandreau said. “But our season doesn’t end today.

We know we will have a steep growth curve.”

The growth curve might be aided by the Bulldogs’ next two games. Palisade hosts Battle Mountain on Thursday and plays at Glenwood Springs on Saturday. The Huskies and Demons are two of the tougher teams in the WSL.

“We get some of the big guys out of the way, then have a little bit of a breather,” Jandreau said. “We’ll start to play some competitive games and see those guys at the end of the season. Hopefully we put up a better fight.”


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