Gore Rangers crack Oysters, 9-0
VAIL — Sitting in goal, watching your teammates score goal after goal can be fun.
But Vail Mountain School goalie Colin Rouaud swapped out the goalie jersey at half with Theo Marston and joined the Gore Rangers offense, got to live the dream, scoring a goal in a 9-0 win against Colorado Rocky Mountain (0-6, 0-5 3A Western Slope).
“I’m not too sure,” Rouaud said of the moment. “I just got a ball from Sam (Shay) and I played it simple in the bottom corner.”
Up next for the Gore Rangers (9-2, 5-1) is a matchup in Vail against Delta (10-2, 6-0) today.
“We don’t want to take anybody for granted, that’s why we came out hard and did what we had to do in the first 10-15 minutes,” said Gore Rangers coach Pete Petrovski. “We just wanted to make sure that we were prepared.”
Can’t stop, won’t stop
Liam Hurley got the scoring started less than five minutes into the game after Max Timm advanced the ball upfield to Christian Trevino who found Hurley.
Eric Zdechlik sent a short touch pass to Peter Ferraro in the box for the 2-0 about 12 minutes into the game. Like the Gore Rangers defense did all day, they immediately took the ball from the Oysters on the start and Zdechlik sent another short pass setting up Kevin Garcia for the 3-0 lead.
“Guys were working hard off the ball and that helps a lot,” Zdechlik said. “When we play as a team, we’re really good.”
Zdechlik found himself on a breakaway with lots of help a few minutes later, but instead of dishing it again, he sent it past the goalie himself.
“I just had a bit more room to cut in on the one that I scored,” he said.
Ferraro and Sam Shay scored before halftime, as the Gore Rangers led 6-0 at the intermission.
Garcia, Hurley, Tucker Strauch and Peer Carnes all helped goalie Theo Marston keep the shutout in tact in the second half, helping keep the Gore Rangers on the offensive most of the game.
Freshmen Henry Strauch and Zach Stockton also scored in the second half.
Vail Mountain School has one Western Slope loss, 2-1 in overtime at the feet of Coal Ridge on Oct. 8
With Delta, Basalt (8-4, 4-2) and Grand Valley (0-9-1, 0-5) remaining on the league schedule, the 3A Slope standing are far from set in stone.
But it starts with the game against the Panthers, where Rouaud will most likely be seeing the game from the goalkeepers box.
“It’s not going to happen again, so enjoy it,” his coach told him.
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