EAST VAIL — Vail Mountain School’s Caleb Chicoine had the first goal of his career as the Gore Rangers took care of Eagle Valley’s JV, 18-4, on Tuesday at Bandoni Alumni Field in East Vail.
While VMS upped its record to 7-1 in its first year of competition, the usual suspects like Luke Verratti, Brandon Rosenbach, Tyler Hancock, Dylan Hardenbergh and Nick Whiteford scored.
But after, coach Matt Felser wanted to give out some props to others, including defender Ben Barron.
“He’s starting to become a vocal leader and a quarterback on defense,” the coach said.
Yes, Whiteford gets his name in the paper for scoring, but he’s also made the transition from midfield to attack with aplomb.
“He’s starting to find his rhythm and seeing the game better,” Felser said. “He made some phenomenal passes.”
VMS’ next game is at Battle Mountain’s JV on Saturday.
Saints take Basalt to OT
The past two years, Basalt has beaten Vail Christian girls soccer by a combined score of 18-1.
Tuesday, the Saints took the Longhorns to overtime before falling, 2-1, at Freedom Park in Edwards.
“It’s exciting for the program,” said Saints coach Lauren Mutter, who is also a Vail Christian alumna. “I’ve said this a lot this year, but our team development is so much better. It’s really pretty cool and neat to watch.”
Coach Mutter added that the Saints were able to bring work from practice and execute it in a game situation on Tuesday. That sounds like a little thing, but it’s not for a team still searching for success.
Remy Beveridge jumped on a loose ball at the top of the box in the 21st minute and rocketed it into the left panel to give Vail Christian a 1-0 lead.
Basalt didn’t score until the final five minutes of the game. Bianca Valenzuela, a freshman, continued her great play in net. Susan Vanderveer, a sophomore, has found a home at sweeper, as well, according to Mutter. Jessie Hartley continued her strong play at the midfield.
Vail Christian heads to Carbondale today to face CRMS.
Grand Valley blanks VMS
Lauren Paskett netted a hat trick for the Cardinals to help Grand Valley (10-2 overall, 6-1-0 in the 3A Slope) beat Vail Mountain School soccer.
Paskett scored in the 40th, 53rd and 56th minutes, with Randi Sheridan recording her third assist of the game on Paskett’s third goal. Kyra Chenoweth added a pair of goals and an assist, and Ashlynn Speakman also scored a goal — her 27th of the season.
The Gore Rangers host Roaring Fork today in East Vail.
Glenwood Post-Independent Sports Editor Jon Mitchell contributed to this report.
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