Saturday’s preps wrap
EAST VAIL — It appears to be a real rivalry in the east end of the county.
The Vail Mountain School knocked off Battle Mountain, 11-9, on Saturday afternoon at iconic Bandoni Alumni Field in East Vail.
The Gore Rangers beat the Huskies for the first time ever last year in what was an upset. VMS’ second win in a row over Battle Mountain seems to say that wasn’t a fluke last year.
“Today was definitely a team win,” VMS coach Bobby Ecker said. “We really worked well together, defense and offense. We had guys switching sticks. We were gassed. It was a hard-fought game, intense from start to finish.”
As has been a theme in Gore Rangers lacrosse, Tyler Hancock dominated the faceoffs, winning all but three on the afternoon. That set up VMS on the break and the Gore Rangers cashed in.
Luke Verratti led the way with four goals, while Dylan Hardenberg had three. Hancock and Griffin O’Connell scored twice each.
Nick Charles was spectacular in net for VMS.
“We won three faceoffs,” Huskies coach Jerry Nichols said. “They executed their fast break beautifully. We played great defense. We contained Luke Verratti, and he’s a helluva player. My hat’s off to him and Tyler. (VMS’) defense was good and their goalie was excellent.”
VMS is off to a 2-0 start in the Western Conference, while Battle Mountain fell to 0-2 overall and 0-1 in league. The two teams face each other again on March 21 in Edwards.
In the meantime, both squads face stiff tests outside of the conference. VMS hosts Thompson Valley on Monday, while the Huskies host Golden on Tuesday.
Eagle Valley lax wins
Eagle Valley boys lacrosse opened 2017 in fine style with a 15-4 nonconference win at Pueblo West on Saturday.
“It was a great day,” Devils coach Boomer Devlin said. “They had a packed house and our guys stuck to the game plan. The guys have had 10 practices and they were focused and dialed in.”
Zach Booth led the way with four goals and four assists.
“He’s your Hollyfarms Player of the Game,” joked Devlin, showing his New York roots.
Kenny Rindy wasn’t too bad either with 4 scores and three helpers. Philip Petersen had two and Finn Blomquist, Keaton Fedrizzi, Holden Stavney, Bergen Blomquist and Koby Beaumont also scored.
The Devils have their home opener on Tuesday at the Gypsum Sports Complex at 4 p.m. when they host Fruita Monument.
Devils soccer thrashes Bears
If you’re going to be on the road for five games to start the season, then you might as well go to some of those games.
Eagle Valley soccer leveled its record at 1-1 with a 9-0 thumping of the Bears at Rifle on Saturday, a nice turn of events after starting the season at Wheat Ridge with 5-0 loss.
And if the Devils continue with the trend of 14-goal improvements, they should beat Glenwood Springs on Thursday, 19-0. (Probably not.)
“It’s good after games like Thursday, that it doesn’t hold us back,” Devils coach Maggie Sherman said. “We don want (a loss) to stick in our mindset. Our mindset was to break that and to come on top was huge for the girls.”
The Devils (1-1 overall and 1-0 in the 4A Slope) had a plethora of goal scorers. Zoe Booth, Kaitlyn Borah and Jessica Adams each scored twice. Rose Sandell, Emma Uribe and Liz Sandoval also found the back of the net.
Now, about Glenwood Springs. The 4A Slope got its first upset of the season on Saturday with the Demons upending defending league champ, Steamboat Springs, 2-1, at Stubler. That result is of interest to both of the county’s 4A squads.
For the Devils, it makes Thursday’s game at Stubler a big one, even though it’s very early in the season, can the Devils throw their collective hat into the league chase?
Wheat Ridge nips Huskies
The Battle Mountain girls soccer team can play.
Wheat Ridge’s Macie Brown scored in the 77th minute and that was the only marker as the Farmers edged the Huskies, 1-0, in Battle Mountain’s opener on Saturday in Edwards.
“The message this week was not about results, but proving we could hang with a good team,” Huskies coach David Cope said. “We have improved our quality and form since Day 1 (of practice).”
Wheat Ridge started the season ranked No. 7 in 4A in the chsaanow.com poll and was in the Elite Eight last spring, so that’s a good result, even if the week wasn’t about results.
Jordan Glendenning, Cope said, was outstanding between the pipes and the new back four in front of her, Gitte LaWare, Maggie Skidmore, Abby Carlson, Izzy McMurrain, along with holding midfielder Claire Krueger, looked sharp in their debut.
It also certainly did not escape the notice of Battle Mountain’s camp that Steamboat lost to Glenwood, 2-1, on Saturday, as Huskies soccer is constantly shadow-boxing the Sailors.
While the Huskies go to Steamboat on March 21, there’s business beforehand, starting with another big nonconference at Lakewood Memorial Field against D’Evelyn.