Prep notebook: Gore Rangers, Devils and Saints girls soccer close out regular season with wins
VMS and Eagle Valley lacrosse also pick up wins with playoff fields announced next week
The Vail Mountain School, Eagle Valley and Vail Christian girls soccer teams finished out the league regular season league calendar with wins late this week. The No. 3 Gore Rangers held off No. 8 Delta 2-1 in Vail on Thursday to remain undefeated (11-0) and secure the 3A Western Slope title for the third-straight season. The Gore Rangers, who will travel to Denver Christian for a non-league matchup on Saturday, finished 7-0 in league play in 2021, 2022 and 2023.
Also on Thursday, the Devils defeated Summit 3-0 on the road, finishing the season fourth in the league with a 5-8-2 overall record. Vail Christian traveled to Nederland and took down the Panthers 2-1 on Wednesday.
“It was a great way to end our season,” stated head coach Andrea Juskaitis. The Saints 2023 campaign concluded with a two-game win streak and a 4-7 overall mark.
Rebecca Florez scored both goals with assists from Lindsey Whitton and Lia Nowicki.
“We have come a long way since February 27. I am so proud of how these girls evolved into becoming a solid team,” Justkaitis said.
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“We will definitely miss our seniors, but we have a young team emerging for next season and four rising seniors who will be great leaders on the field.”
Steamboat Springs needed double-overtime to take down Battle Mountain 2-1 in Edwards as both teams wrapped up league play as well. The loss didn’t shift the final standings, as the Sailors (6-4) ended the year in third, the Huskies (6-2-2) second and Palisade (7-1-1) first.
Battle Mountain will look to regain momentum in its final regular season game against The Classical Academy in Colorado Springs on Saturday.
The 32-team 4A state tournament bracket will be released May 7, with first round games beginning May 10. Currently, Battle Mountain sits at No. 14 in the CHSAA Selection & Seeding Index and Eagle Valley is ranked 45th. Vail Mountain School sits at No. 3 in 3A, which starts on May 11, and Vail Christian is No. 31 in the 2A where the top 16 teams will kick off playoff action on May 12.
Lacrosse notes: Vail Mountain School holds off Glenwood Springs
The Vail Mountain School boys lacrosse team held off Glenwood Springs after the Demons made a third-quarter rally, holding on for the 12-11 road win on Thursday.
Charlie and Max Vidal and Mason Geller each scored three goals, and Geller added six assists. Colby Saunders also scored twice, and Erik Jaerbyn added a goal and two assists as the Gore Rangers won their third straight game.
Though Vail Mountain School will wrap up the regular season at Evergreen on Saturday, the No. 9-ranked Gore Rangers (10-3 overall record) finished the league calendar Thursday with a 9-3 record, good for second in the 4A Western Slope. As of Friday, the Gore Rangers are eighth in 4A in the CHSAA Selection & Seeding Index, which will be used to fill the 24-team state tournament released on May 7. The top eight seeds will receive a first-round bye.
The Eagle Valley girls lacrosse team outscored Telluride 7-2 in the second half en route to a 15-7 win. The Devils finished their regular season with a 6-9 record and currently sit at No. 20 in the CHSAANow.com Selection & Seeding Index. The 24-team 4A girls lacrosse tournament will also be released May 7.