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Middle Park High School soccer team can’t keep up with Eagle Valley in second half

Will Bublitz
Sky-Hi Daily News

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Last Saturday’s season-opening game in Gypsum proved to be a rough one for Middle Park High’s boys soccer team, who fell 6-0 to the Eagle Valley Devils.

The Panthers played well during the first half. However, Middle Park errors in the second half allowed Eagle Valley to add five more goals before the game ended.

“It was a disappointing loss,” said coach Shawn McElroy. “I thought we were better prepared, but Eagle Valley is a very good team. We need to learn the lessons from this loss, raise our standards and press on. We have good players and I think we’ll be fine.”

During the first half of Saturday’s game, Middle Park’s defense put up a good fight, allowing Eagle Valley only one goal after 30 minutes of play.

“In the second half, we came out and dominated the play for the first 10 minutes of play, making four or five shots on their goal,” McElroy said. “Then Eagle Valley scored on a penalty kick and that took the wind out of our sails.”

McElroy, who is the team’s new head coach this season, said the team is still adjusting to his “new style” as well as working to fill the positions left vacant after key players graduated last spring.

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“All of our guys played well individually and hustled in that first game, but we haven’t quite jelled as a team yet,” he said. “You never know what you really have to work on until after the first game. Now that we’ve played it, we just need a couple of good practices and I suspect we’ll play a lot better.”

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