Vail Christian downs Grand Valley |

Vail Christian downs Grand Valley

EDWARDS – Vail Christian girls soccer isn’t going gently into that good night.

OK, maybe the poet Dylan Thomas is a little much for a high school soccer game, but the Saints aren’t letting the distractions involving their school take away from the task at hand.

Vail Christian rallied from deficits of 2-0 and 3-2 for a 5-3 win against Grand Valley Thursday at Freedom Park in Edwards.

And fans on hand got to see a bit of history as McKenzie O’Brien recorded the first hat trick in the history of the 3-year-old program. Gracen McGuckin wasn’t too bad either, scoring the Saints’ other two tallies.

What set this one apart thought was that the Cardinals scored in the first minute, and again in the 24th. The first of O’Brien’s goals came in the 38th minute, providing the Saints a huge lift going into halftime.

“At halftime, we just said, ‘We’re back in this,'” Vail Christian coach Barbara Wilson said.

McGuckin evened things at two with a penalty kick, but the Cards came back to take the lead. The Saints promptly buried Grand Valley with three unanswered goals.

The win bumps up the Saints to 2-4-1 in 3A Slope. More importantly, Wilson feels that her squad is coming together.

“I think it’s maturity,” Wilson said. “As coaches, we’re so excited to see incremental progress. Each game, they’re working on something new. It’s exciting to watch them get it.”

Vail Christian is at the Colorado Rocky Mountain School on Monday.


Palisade 19, Battle Mountain 6

Palisade 13, Battle Mountain 1

PALISADE – The scores weren’t pretty, but there were some bright spots as Battle Mountain baseball lost a pair at Palisade Wednesday, 19-6 and 13-1.

In the first game, the host Bulldogs took an 8-0 lead, but Battle Mountain rallied with a six-run inning highlighted by a three-run big fly from Guy Garth. Cameron Brown also had a couple of run-scoring hits.

In the second game, Huskies hurler Mike Jones took the loss. He deserved a better fate, pitching four strong innings.

“Mike pitched extremely well,” Huskies manager Jason Spannagel said. “He did everything we asked. He got ahead of hitters and got the ground balls. He was plagued by errors.”

Six of Jones’ nine runs were unearned.

Battle Mountain is scheduled to host Rifle for a pair on Saturday at 11 a.m. Since the Huskies’ new field is not quite ready yet, they will host the Bears at the old campus in Eagle-Vail.

Boys lacrosse

Summit 16, Eagle Valley 0

FARMER’S KORNER – The Summit boys’ lacrosse team dominated Eagle Valley, scoring 13 goals and allowing only one shot on goal.

And then, the Tigers took a break for halftime.

“I guess, it was clicking,” Summit coach Michael O’Neill said.

In the end, Summit came away from the Mountain League contest with a 16-0 win over an undermanned opponent. Eagle Valley was missing 13 varsity players due to injury or eligibility problems.

The Tigers didn’t seem to have any problems.

Senior Sam Dudick led the Tigers on offense with three goals and an assist. Fellow attackman Dylan Horan had three goals of his own, and senior midfielder Shamus O’Neill had two goals and an assist, despite not playing after the first quarter.

Summit Daily News Sports Editor Bryce Evans contributed to this report.

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