Gallegos earns a tie against Kickers |

Gallegos earns a tie against Kickers

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EDWARDS – The Gallegos women’s team followed familiar script Saturday at the Vail Invitational Soccer Tournament, but it ended with a nicer twist earlier in the day than in previous games.Gallegos, as it did Friday against the Colorado Sporting Fury, jumped out to an early lead against the Denver Kickers in its pool-play game, but hung on for a 1-1 tie as opposed to a 2-1 loss to the Fury less than 24 hours ago.”It felt good. We started the same way yesterday, started with a goal early in the game and had hoped we would be able to hold onto it,” Gallegos’ Caitlin Williams said. “Yesterday was a tough break. I think there were some similarities between the games. We need to work on fitness. We’re letting down late in the game even though we’ve taken the lead. So it felt similar, but I think we held ourselves a little bit better today.”

Despite the tie, Gallegos’ chances of advancing to today’s title game were dashed with a 3-0 loss to the Colorado Sporting Fire hours later. Gallegos will play in today’s consolation match at 11:30 a.m. at Miller Ranch East against an opponent to be determined by results of this morning’s game between the Kickers and the Fire.Calling Caitlin

Williams scored Gallegos’ goal early in her team’s game with the Fury Friday and she did the same against the Kickers Saturday.”I received a ball from Allison O’Neill on the outside right and I looked up expecting to see some of my runners, but I saw their keeper was pretty far out of the goal,” Williams said. “So I said, ‘Go for it.’ She was way outside.”Kate Douglas responded for the Kickers to make the match a draw in the Kickers’ first game of the tournament.

“It’s good. It’s our first time all playing together, but I think for the most part we did pretty well,” Denver’s Emily Killingworth said. “We definitely came together and finally started working as a team and followed through with it.”Though Gallegos didn’t get its wish as far as playing in today’s final, the local side has enjoyed playing in the friendly confines.”It’s great to be able to have a tournament on our home field and being able to host teams from Denver and getting some real competition,” Williams said. “Most of the year, we just play ourselves. It’s great not to have to organize the travel ourselves and have some games on our own field.”

Gallegos will try to finish the Vail Invitational on a high note this morning.”The game is goals,” coach Dave Marjoram said. “That’s what it’s all about. We’ve shown we can play defense. Now we’ve got to work out of our defense shell and into an offensive mode.”Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 748-2934 or

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