Saints soccer dumps Grand Valley 3-1 |

Saints soccer dumps Grand Valley 3-1

PARACHUTE, Colorado ” The new Vail Christian girls soccer team is fast turning into the new Vail Christian marathon team.

The Saints capped their week Saturday by playing their third game in four days, and starting today, they play three more in a row.

Where’s Jessica Linder, likely the school’s best endurance athlete, when you need her? Well, actually she’s winning races. More on her later.

In the meantime, the Saints aren’t letting their heavy schedule get to them. Vail Christian downed Grand Valley, 3-1, Saturday to up its record to 4-3. After getting bounced by Basalt Friday, consider that win just what the doctor ordered.

“This is great group of athletes who really want to play soccer,” Saints coach Barbara Wilson said. “They didn’t let (Friday) get to them. They knew what they could do to change and improve. They’ve got great attitudes.”

It also helps when Vail Christian’s Tara Dalbow scores two goals. Off a corner kick in the ninth minute from Taya Westerberg, Dalbow ripped the net for a 1-0 lead.

Tied at one at the half, Brooke Bowles smacked a long shot on net. While the Cardinals keeper stopped the shoot, she didn’t cleanly field it and Dalbow pounced on the loose ball for a score.

“She got sideswiped by a girl (Friday),” Wilson said. “We didn’t think she was going to get up, but she did. She had a good sense that the keeper wasn’t holding onto the ball, and I was proud that she caught onto that. She’s starting to get some confidence and starting to see what she can do.”

Vail Christian’s final tally came courtesy of the Bowles family ” Kelly to Brooke.

Today, the Saints take on Lutheran Parker in Denver. Tuesday is the long-awaited, much-postponed home opener at Miller Ranch in Edwards against Basalt. After that, the Saints head to East Vail to take on Vail Mountain Wednesday.

Saints shine in Gunnison

GUNNISON ” And while one set of Saints runs all over the state, so does another.

The Vail Christian track and field team, led by the aforementioned Linder, had a strong day Saturday at the Gunnison Invitational.

Linder showed why she doesn’t play soccer by winning the 1,600 meters in 5 minutes, 37 seconds.

“She’s running really smart and strongly,” said Amy Flamming who coaches the team with Chris Gamble. “”Jess has really been working on her kick and it was really strong today.”

Fellow junior Lettie Fickling set a school record in the 300 hurdles. She went under 56 seconds in the grueling event.

In the boys’ mile, Ian Hamina (5:10) and Chris Purse (5:31) recorded personal records. Vail Christian also had season-bests in the high jump and the boys’ 3,200 relay. Jason Propp and Travis Whitley both soared 5 feet, 4 inches in the high jump. The quartet of Eric Gallagher, Hamina, Purse and Ryan Vlaar clocked a 9:17 in the two-mile.

Vail Christian heads to Montrose for a meet Friday.

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