Vail Christian soccer gets first win
OLATHE, Colorado ” The ladies of the Vail Christian girls soccer team will doubtless distinguish themselves in their future endeavors in life, but on Saturday afternoon several of them became answers to trivia questions.
Against whom did Vail Christian soccer win its first game? What was the score? Who got the first goals in Saints history? Which goalie got the first shutout?
Olathe, 2-0, Elizabeth Shearon, Brooke Bowles and Dakota Francis.
In its second game of varsity soccer, the Vail Christian picked up its first win in fine style.
For the scrap books ” Saints 2, Pirates 0, on Saturday, March 15, 2008.
“It was a great win,” Saints coach Barbara Wilson said. “We truly dominated, had a lot of shots and worked well together.”
Not bad for a team that has kicked around a soccer ball outdoors only twice this spring ” both in game situations.
The Saints dictated the tempo from the start, and broke through in the 26th minute on a lovely cross from Brooke Bowles to Shearon who was perfectly positioned for the tap-in and a 1-0 lead.
“It happened so fast,” she said. “It was like, ‘Oh, look at that. There’s the ball. Kick it.’ It was definitely exciting, but it was a little bit of everyone on that play.”
Showing that the Saints are quickly picking up on the basics of the game, two things happened. First, Francis was a happy camper in net, getting a lead.
“That was really exciting,” the freshman said. “I was like, “Yes, that’s one goal. Now I’ve got to stop the rest of them.'”
As Francis refocused, so did the Saints, showing the maturity of a more experienced team.
“We kept playing like the score was 0-0 in our heads,” midfielder Taya Westerberg said. “We kept pushing as hard as we could, playing like we could win. We passed it around and talked with each other and it worked out.”
In the second half, Vail Christian sealed it when Westerberg took a free kick and boomed it into the box. The ball rattled around within the 18, and Bowles deftly headed it into the net for some insurance.
Vail Christian’s first win had plenty of heroes, including defenders Kelly Bowles and Sammantha Francis who helped Dakota Francis preserve the shutout.
Vail Christian, 1-1 after the win, will have some time off before its next game April 1 at Freedom Park in Edwards at 3 p.m. against the Community Christian School. The Saints start their traditional mission trips Monday.
In the meantime, the Saints have gained some confidence and looking forward to their first home game after the break.
“I think our first home game is going to be a lot of fun,” Dakota Francis said. “I’ve been told by several people that they want to be at the first home game. I’m hoping a lot of people will be there.”
Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 748-2934 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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