Thursday’s preps wrap
EAST VAIL – It’s still early, but a nice pattern is developing for VMS soccer.
Avery Bellis is becoming a terror, and we mean this in the nicest way.
“I think we’ve found a really reliable ball-handler in the middle,” VMS coach Bob Bandoni said after his Gore Rangers defeated Rifle, 5-0, Thursday. “Avery Bellis is really providing a constant threat for us up front. She scored two really nice goals on well-timed runs onto the back post. She’s reading the game in a way which makes her much more dangerous.”
Bellis had two, as did Misha Harrison, and Acacia Ortiz also scored in the rout.
VMS is 3-1-1 overall and 2-0 in the 3A Slope, as it heads to Rangely for Bandoni’s favorite road trip of the year on Saturday.
Devils boys lax wins
GLENWOOD SPRINGS – Ring that up as a win.
Eagle Valley boys lacrosse broke up a mini-slide with an 8-6 win Wednesday at Glenwood Springs.
Sam Boyd had the hat trick, while Johnny Bailey scored twice. Daniel Vargas, Nick Briggs and Jesus Garcia also had markers.
“Overall, we did what we had to do to win,” Devils coach Ted Boddy said. “It was great to get off that losing streak. We’ve got a tough one coming with Steamboat, but we’re going to work on building from this win.”
In a schedule change, Eagle Valley hosts Steamboat at 11 a.m. on Saturday
Devils fall at Aspen
ASPEN – Eagle Valley girls lacrosse had tough outing, falling at Aspen, 18-4, Thursday.
“We went up against an obviously more experienced team,” said Devils assistant coach Patrick Johnson. “We’re going to regroup, look at what didn’t go right and try to correct it.”
Haley Hutton, Sally Ward, Morgan Trujillo and Olivia Bowell scored for Eagle Valley, which hosts Durango on Saturday at 11 a.m.
Palisade tops Devils
PALISADE – There are few gimmes in the 4A Slope. It’s tough league.
Eagle Valley dropped a 6-1 decision Thursday at Palisade, one of four teams which figure to vie for the league crown.
Mariel Gutierrez had Eagle Valley’s goal.
“Again, we saw improvement,” Devils coach Jason Rittmiller said.
The Devils are at Steamboat Saturday
Rams beat Saints
CARBONDALE – With a team a bit short on soccer experience, this will happen.
Roaring Fork handled Vail Christian soccer, 8-0 Thursday.
The bigger picture is developing for the second half of the season.
“We’ve got our heads up,” Saints coach Geoff Bedrosian said. “We have some good take aways from this game.”
Vail Christian hosts Rangely March 31.
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