Kristin Gardner kept constant pressure on the Eagle Valley goal keeper during last week’s 4-2 win over the Lady Devils. Gardner had several foray’s into Eagle Valley’s goal area but could not get the ball into the net.
Delta County's soccer team concluded its season last Friday with a 4-2 victory over the visiting Lady Devils of Eagle Valley. Delta County fell to Glenwood Springs 3-0 on May 1 (Tuesday).
Against Glenwood Springs, the Lady Demons scored once in the first half and twice in the second to secure the victory. Glenwood Springs finished 11-0-1 and 12-1-2 overall to win the 4A WSL. Battle Mountain, Palisade, Steamboat Springs, and Delta round out the top five. The league's top three go on to post-season action.
Delta fell behind against Eagle Valley on Friday. The Lady Devils scored their first goal at the 21:10 mark of the first half.
A missed save at the 11:10 mark resulted in a goal and a 2-0 score for Eagle Valley.
Kayla DeVilbiss narrowed the Lady Devil's lead to 2-1 on a made goal at 3:20 in the first half.
Photo by Wayne Crick
Delta County’s Gardner sisters, Kristin (Fr) on left and Lindsey (Jr) prepare for second half action.
Play was balanced in the first 20 minutes of the second half. At the 20:20 mark, Carissa Sidor nailed Delta County's second goal to tie the match at 2-2.
A corner kick from Carissa Sidor found sister Stephanie Sidor in front of the goal for a go-ahead score at 4:48 of the second half.
Not more than two minutes before Delta County's final goal, assistant coach Eddie Sanford encouraged senior Monica Hernandez to get a header as planned all season long. Another corner kick from Carissa Sidor gave Hernandez the chance to do just that as she scored the matches final goal in a 4-2 victory.
Delta County did not make the playoffs this season. It's a tough assignment competing with schools that have club teams and play a large number of games each year.
Delta County coach Julie Mottern has been building a program that used to be at the bottom of league standings. Youth programs that compete in Grand Junction, and other western slope towns, are building more competitive teams for the Delta County program.
Cedaredge's Kristen and Lindsey Gardner moved from Parachute, where they were involved in soccer programs there, and stepped right into the programs being established by Mottern. Other Lady Panthers in the program, to mention just a few, included the Sidor sisters, Sadie Carrillo, Reilly Quist, and Kayla and Kylie DeVilbiss.
Mottern remains confident there will be continued success in Delta County thanks to the time and effort put into the youth programs.