Bowles golden for Vail Christian on Saturday
EDWARDS, Colorado ” During the second half of Saturday’s game against Roaring Fork, Vail Christian soccer coach Barbara Wilson was good-naturedly instructing her players, “Shoot towards the white things.”
The Saints were possessing the ball well, but not finishing. Eventually, they got the ball on the ball on the Rams’ frame in overtime, and the old soccer adage was proved true again.
Put the ball on the frame and good things will happen.
In the waning seconds of the second overtime, Allie Parker had a free kick from the left side. Brooke Bowles ran onto it and nudged it past the onrushing Roaring Fork goalie Daniella Abarca for a 2-1 overtime win.
“It was cool. It came down to the last second,” Bowles said. “I just decided to make a run for the goal. The goalie went for it and I kind of pushed it around her. I think we’re kind of tired, but it was good.”
And that, ladies and germs, is the first golden goal in Vail Christian history and also two wins in a row for the Saints (3-5-1).
“My heart is still pounding,” Wilson said. “It was good experience and they played hard both halves of the overtime, and shot and shot and shot. I don’t really believe in luck, but I don’t know. Today, we seemed to be unlucky. We had so many chances on goal.”
Bowles goal was straight out of drill called World Cup. Not only the world’s biggest soccer tournament, this is a fixture in most soccer practices. In it, a team of two players tries to score within a crowded box.
Ironically, Kelly Bowles ” one of Brooke’s older sisters ” scored a World Cup-style goal in a 3-0 win against Rocky Mountain Lutheran last season for the Saints.
“Last year ,there was a game we finished with a same kind of goal,” Wilson said. “The practice before we had worked on World Cup. Of course, the girls have been pushing me to do World Cup in practice, so some of those fun drills have a place in finishing.”
Brooke Bowles got the Saints on the board with a free kick in the 35th minute that just eluded Abarca’s outstretched hands. Roaring Fork’s Kathy Vega countered for the Rams in the second half.
Next up for Vail Christian is Aspen on Monday at Freedom Park. The Skiers defeated the Saints soundly in Pitkin County last month.
“The first time we played Aspen it was our first time back after spring break, and it was freezing,” Bowles said. “I think we’re happy to get a second chance. We’d like to give them a game.”
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