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Vail Christian Bowles over Huskies

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EDWARDS ” The sibling factor has always been big at Vail Christian.

The Parker family’s second home has been at the gym at St. Clare with Nicole, Jackie, Allie and Will. It really does seem that it can’t be a Saints game of any sort without a Francis ” Jaryd, Sammantha and/or Dakota. There have been/or are Beagleys, McGees, Simons and so on.

Saturday was the Bowles’ turn ” Kelly and Brooke. The sisters scored the Saints’ first three goals and Maty Peckham added another as Vail Christian topped Battle Mountain’s JV, 4-0, at Freedom Park in Edwards.

In light of this, does the Bowles family make Peckham an honorary member of the family?

“Yeah, we’re going to adopt her,” Brooke joked.

So how does Maty Bowles sound?

“That doesn’t work,” Peckham replied.

However the negotiations work out, the Saints are a pleased bunch. They moved to 5-5-1 and can earn a winning season with a win against Grand Valley Monday at home at 3 p.m.

Huskies, not Pirates

The Saints were meant to host Olathe Saturday, but the Pirates could not field a full team and canceled. But Battle Mountain’s JV was available and turf time at Freedom Park is precious, so Vail Christian had a game.

Ironically, the Saints concluded their season last year with a 4-3 loss to Battle Mountain’s second 11, so a 4-0 win this year is definitely progress.

“As a 1A school to play a 4A JV is pretty comparable,” Saints coach Barbara Wilson said. “”The girls respect Battle Mountain’s players so this was fun for them to play against some of them. I know Dakota plays club with a lot of these girls. This was a good game for us.”

And the Saints broke it open in the second half. Both of Brooke’s goals came in similar fashion. She lofted both of her shots from outside the box.

“The keeper was standing out,” Brooke said. “So I tried to shoot it over her. It worked.”

Kelly scored in between her sister’s goals on a well-shaped shot off a free kick. Kelly, ironically, has a little experience with Battle Mountain. After all, she played with the Huskies’ varsity team the last two years before Vail Christian got its own program.

“It was sort of strange,” Kelly said about playing her old team. “But I enjoyed it with all the coaches and everything.”

In the waning minutes, Peckham, normally a midfielder, got a chance to play forward and she made the most of it. Hannah Morris to Allie Parker to Peckham was the Saints final goal.

“It feels really good,” Peckham said. “Hannah said, ‘This goal is for you.’ So, I put it in.”

Here today …

The Saints played their first home game Tuesday against Basalt. Monday, Vail Christian has its season and home finale against Grand Valley at 3 p.m. Welcome to the compressed schedule of spring sports.

The Saints would like to get a win against the Cardinals to clinch a winning season. They also want to send seniors Kelly Bowles, Laura Orduno, Nayeli Hernandez and Morris out on a winning note.

“We beat Grand Valley (earlier in the season),” Wilson said. “They’ve got a couple of players we’ve got to keep an eye on. We’re hoping for a nice calm day, though. It would be nice not to have wind as a factor.”

Sorry, Coach, but that will happen just around the same time a sibling isn’t involved with Vail Christian sports.

Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 748-2934 or cfreud@vaildaily.com.


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