Vail Christian soccer blanks Rocky Mountain Lutheran |

Vail Christian soccer blanks Rocky Mountain Lutheran

NORTHGLENN, Colorado “Only the Vail Christian girls soccer team would drive down to the Front Range during a snowstorm to play a half of soccer. If the school had a boys soccer team, we likely would have had snow on the ground in August.

Despite the continuing search for anything resembling grass upon which to practice and the lack of a home game with just two weeks left in the season, the Saints keep plowing along. Vail Christian moved to 3-2 in its maiden varsity campaign, knocking off Rocky Mountain Lutheran, 3-0, on a snowy Wednesday afternoon.

“Despite all of this, the girls are really encouraged,” Saints coach Barbara Wilson said. “They are so flexible. Everyday at 2 p.m., we announce that practice is at Brush Creek Elementary School, or somewhere else, and they’re there.”

Perhaps because of being comfortable in the snow, Vail Christian had no problems with the Eagles. Elizabeth Shearon won a 50-50 ball, beat her defender and grounded her shot neatly into the net to open the scoring.

In the 23rd minute, it was Brooke Bowles’ turn. The Saints’ third goal was straight out of practice. Tuesday, the team had played World Cup, a game in which Wilson blasts corner kicks into the box and pairs of players try to finish, scoring a point for their “team.”

That scenario came to life in the 36th minute when Sammantha Francis boomed a corner into the box. She and Kelly Bowles played a little give-and-go and Francis came out with the marker.

With the snow continuing to dump, the Saints also learned about a CHSAA soccer rule, a game is only official if both teams start the second half. Vail Christian and Rocky Mountain Lutheran did so ” for about 30 seconds ” and wisely called it a day.

Vail Christian will continue its road show heading to Basalt today. While the Saints are playing as a 3A independent, they are playing most of the classification’s Slope teams to get a taste of what league play will be like in 2009.

Since Basalt has pretty much owned the league since most of the Saints were in grade school, today’s match should be a good test.

“I’m just really curious to see how our girls will do, ” Wilson said. “The score was what it was against Aspen (a 6-0 loss), but the fact that we held (Aspen) during the middle of the game is good. Our defense has been working well recently and our offense really stepped up today. We know Basalt is a program that established, but I’m confident we can hold our own.”

After Basalt, The Saints have road games at Grand Valley Friday and Lutheran Parker Monday before theoretically having their home opener ” the team’s fourth attempt because of the weather ” against Basalt Tuesday.

Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 748-2934 or

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