Summit County tops Vail Mountain School, 4-1
EAST VAIL – For a while, it looked like the sun would shine on Vail Mountain School’s soccer field, while Tuesday’s storm passed the Gore Rangers by.
But onto each pitch a little rain must fall, and while dogs were distinctly missing, it rained a few cats as the Summit Tigers topped VMS, 4-1.
“This was our last friendly before we head into league play,” said VMS coach Slade Cogswell.
VMS kept the Tigers caged through much of the game with ball movement and crisp passing. They spread the width of the pitch and often reversed field, keeping Summit from pushing through the middle.
“I was happy with our ball movement and our spacing,” Cogswell said.
A couple breakdowns and a couple bad breaks, though, put VMS down and from there it was a game of catchup for the Gore Rangers, a game their lineup with four freshmen and two sophomores could not play against the 4A Tigers.
“It hurt us to get behind,” Cogswell said. “It takes you out of your game.”
Consistency was what the Tigers wanted Tuesday, and that’s what they gave coach Matt Zeiset.
“We accomplished what we set out to do,” Zeiset said. “We improved working the ball around as the game continued. Overall, it was a solid effort for us.”
Matt Goldstein opened the scoring for Summit with a long, arching shot that ducked under the crossbar for the Tigers’ first goal.
Luis Nogueda put Summit up 2-0 with he collected a centering pass, slipped to his right and bent an shot to the corner, just inside the post.
VMS closed it to 2-1 when Cal Deline floated a corner kick from the right side to the goal box, where it seemed to rotate on an axis, waiting for J.C. Hernandez to head it home. It didn’t have to wait long. Hernandez shook off a Summit defender and drilled the flying header into the top corner.
Summit’s Mark Novakiwsky scored two second-half goals.
For his first, VMS cleared the ball away from a scramble in front of its own net, but Novakiwsky cut it off, settled it at the top right corner of the box and drilled a seeing-eye shot inside the left post for a 3-1 lead.
Novakiwsky rounded out Summit’s scoring on a nifty dribble move to his right past a couple VMS defenders, created a little space and time, the cut the shot back left and into the bottom left corner for the 4-1 final.
“We played at a high level through the entire game,” Zeiset said. “We didn’t change and that’s encouraging. It’s something we’ve been working on.”
Vail Mountain hosts Aspen Saturday.
Staff Writer Randy Wyrick can be reached at 970-748-2935 or firstname.lastname@example.org.