Vail Christian soccer beats Rifle for its first win
RIFLE — Vail Christian soccer roared into the win column with a 4-1 victory in Rifle on Tuesday.
The Saints have been battling snowouts, injuries and a lack of practice time, so this one felt good.
“We just had to get over the hump,” Saints coach Barbara Wilson said. “Now that we have gotten everything behind us, we’re heading in the right direction.”
Freshman Abby Bossow started a three-goal flurry in the first half. Fellow first-year Gretchen Pavelich then scored, which is one of those things one files under the category of “necessity is the mother of invention.”
Pavelich started the season as the Saints’ goalie, but broke her hand last weekend in a game against the Colorado Rocky Mountain School. Since using your hand, particularly a broken one, while playing in the field is strongly discouraged, well there you go.
Jessie Raitt scored the next two, and the Saints have a 1-4 record with an emphasis on the former.
Postgame kudos also went to Barbara O’Brien and Emma Haynes. Because Pavelich got hurt between the pipes, O’Brien got the call and earned the win, which included a diving save. Meanwhile Haynes is filling in for Remy Beveridge (hamstring) at sweeper. Coach Wilson said Haynes provided a much needed presence in back for Vail Christian.
The Saints host Rocky Mountain Lutheran on Friday at 3 p.m. at Freedom Park.
If you build it, the Huskies will win?
DELTA — You can’t make this stuff up.
Battle Mountain soccer played at The Field of Dreams in Austin, just outside of Delta.
“I thought they meant Old Trafford,” Huskies coach David Cope, who is a noted Manchester United partisan.
Seriously, the Huskies played on a pitch right near a sign that said “Field of Dreams.” Alas, Kevin Costner, Wayne Rooney nor Cristiano Renaldo showed up, but Battle Mountain came away with an authoritative 4-0 victory on Wednesday for its fifth win in a row.
The story was Mallory Skidmore, who has been in and out of the starting lineup this spring and rotating through positions. All she did on Wednesday is ring up a hat trick.
“I’m happy for her,” Cope said. “She started today, and guess what? She’s starting tomorrow. We may not be great at what we do, but we don’t miss that one.”
Emily Cope had a goal as well. Avery Weaver had a couple of assists and Nicole Lasater and Jordan Glendenning shared the shutout in the net.
Battle Mountain (9-2 overall and 8-1 in the Western Slope) hosts Glenwood Springs tonight at 6 with Skidmore in the starting 11.
Devils nipped by Demons
GLENWOOD SPRINGS — Eagle Valley soccer lost a tough one, 3-2, at Glenwood Springs on Tuesday.
The Devils came back from a 1-0 deficit with an Alissa Berry goal. Ginny Osteen then struck on a corner kick, which wrapped its way beautifully into the Demons’ net.
Eagle Valley (4-5-2) couldn’t hold off Glenwood in the end.
“I’m insanely proud of these girls,” Devils coach Maggie Sherman said. “They never quit. This is one of those games you learn from.”
Eagle Valley hosts Palisade on today at 6 p.m.
Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934, email@example.com and @cfreud.
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Jeff Shiffrin, with his wife, Eileen, made the Vail area their home decades ago, and together raised Mikaela and Taylor Shiffrin, who was a member of the two-time NCAA Champion University of Denver Ski Team.