Titans, eyeing title, knock off Vail Christian
Vail, CO Colorado
PEACH VALLEY – With a league title very much in sight, Coal Ridge’s girls soccer team isn’t letting up.
Not one bit.
The Titans’ march toward a second straight 3A Western Slope title continued with an 8-0 win over visiting Vail Christian on Tuesday. They now need just one win in their final two games – both of which are against Vail Mountain School – for back-to-back championships.
“We had like five goals for the season and that’s one of them,” Coal Ridge coach Brian Blair said. “They wanted to prove that last year wasn’t a fluke, that we’re playing good soccer and we can do it year after year if we do the right things. Another league title would, I think, cement that a little bit.”
Tuesday’s win moved Blair’s bunch to 11-0-2 overall and to 10-0-2 in league.
Brianna Rhodes and Chelsie Ryan scored two goals each and Sam Wilson, Sydney Wright, Kayli Hunter and Kourtney Mitchell all found net once as the Titans took care of the Saints.
Fancy passing set up countless opportunities.
“The ball just got to the best shooter,” Blair said. “We’ve been scoring, but it’s been a lot of, ‘I’m here, I have an opportunity, so I going to rip it.’ Today, it was, ‘I’m going to get the best shot.’
“I thought there were a lot of people who had shots and said, ‘Wait, I can get one more pass and get someone a better shot.’ I think that’s why we were so productive.”
Wright finished with two assists. Ashlie Bowles, Rebecca Mitchell, Kelsey Fauser, Jill Refior, Audrey Asplund and Rhodes all chipped in helpers.
“We’ve been working together a lot more lately,” Ryan said. “It just shows today that we are passing more and working together. It makes us a lot better. It makes things a lot easier.”
That teamwork-based mentality kept Vail Christian goalkeeper Dakota Francis on her toes all afternoon. The junior racked up a ridiculous 34 saves in the face of constant pressure.
“She’s great,” Saints coach Barbara Wilson said of her stingy keeper. “She’s really kept us below double digits.”
Wilson’s side wrapped its season with a 3-11-1 overall record and 3-10-1 league mark. With no seniors, Vail Christian gets everybody back in 2011.
“It’s been a great building year,” the coach said.
As for Coal Ridge, it resumes its quest for a league title at home against Vail Mountain on Thursday. The Titans turn around and play the Gore Rangers on the road on Friday. Both games are at 4 p.m.