Feeling warmer,Vail Christian blanks Rangely, 3-0 | VailDaily.com

Feeling warmer,Vail Christian blanks Rangely, 3-0

VCGS McKenzie O'Brien DT 3-31-09

GYPSUM ” Tuesday was decidedly un-spring-like, just like Monday when Vail Christian girls soccer played at Aspen. The wind still howled Tuesday in Gypsum when the Saints hosted Rangely.

But the weather was decidedly nicer Tuesday.

“It’s definitely better than yesterday,” Saints senior Elizabeth Shearon said.

“Much warmer,” Saints coach Barbara Wilson concurred.

By the time the whistle blew, the Saints could well have been convinced that it was 70 degrees. A 3-0 win over Rangely, Vail Christian’s first of the season, made everyone involved with Saints soccer feel warmer, even if everyone quickly scampered to the warmth of their cars.

“It feels good to work together as a team and see what we can accomplish,” Shearon said.

An easy 3-0 victory over the Panthers was just what the Saints needed after a bunch of postponements, the stop-and-start nature of the spring season as well as a 7-0 thrashing at Aspen Monday.

“Eighty percent of the game where we were passing well, it’s important for them to see how that works,” Wilson said. “That’s how you play the game and keep it from getting shot right back in your face. The goals are always great because it’s great for them to realize that we can put the ball in the net.”

Finding the onion bag

Vail Christian’s first two goals were not artistic, but the result of good fundamental play. The Saints got on the board in the first minute of play on a beautiful cross from the right flank from Brooke Bowles. While it was not a conventional finish, Allison Vossler put it home off her back.

Since the Saints (1-2) had been shutout in their first two outings of the season, they did not throw the goal back.

In the 16th minute, it was Shearon’s turn. She rocketed a shot which clanked off the crossbar, but came right back to her. Shearon, with less force, put home the rebound.

“I realized I hit it a wee high and hit the post and came right back,” Shearon said. “I was excited that it came back, but disappointed at first. It was fine in the end.”

The Saints scored in more conventional fashion in the second half when McKenzie O’Brien put it across the box and Karen Parra did the honors with the finish.

On to East Vail

The Saints are just starting a brisk sequence of games, having been able to play only three games during march because of weather and the school’s mission trips. Having played already twice this week, Vail Christian heads to Vail Mountain Thursday for a 4 p.m. start.

“We’ll have a practice per week,” Wilson joked.

The good news for the Saints is that no Knute Rockne-like pep talks will be needed Thursday. While Thursday’s game is the first 3A Slope soccer game between the two schools, there’s already a bubbling rivalry among the ladies during the fall in volleyball.

“Since I play volleyball, I already feel like it’s a rivalry, me and Sammy (Francis) and Brooke,” Parker said. “It’s definitely a rivalry on our side and they will think it’s one too eventually.”

Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934 or cfreud@vaildaily.com.

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