Vail Mountain soccer wins league opener against Aspen
ASPEN — Now it can be said.
The Class of 2017 for Vail Mountain School soccer has gone 8-0 during the last four years against Aspen. The Gore Rangers made it so with a 4-0 victory down in Pitkin County on Saturday to open the 3A Slope slate with a victory.
You Man of the Match has to be Eric Zdechlik. The Gore Rangers left midfielder scored the first goal and assisted on the next three.
Nathan Rouaud, an emergency replacement as Kevin Garcia was off on college trip and Christian Trevino went down with injury early, had himself a day as well. He took a Zdechlik pass, deked two Skiers defenders and lofted his shot into the net for 2-0 lead.
VMS had its set pieces down as Rouaud headed in a Zdechlik corner in the second half. Zdechlik to Peter Ferraro finished it off.
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Gore Rangers coach Pete Petrovski was pleased with Ferraro’s play off the ball as well. He took defenders with him, and that will be critical as opposing teams target him an Liam Hurley, who took at turn at center midfield to help the team on Saturday.
VMS (4-1 overall and 1-0 in the 3A Slope) finally gets to play some games on a regular basis. The Gore Rangers are at Caprock Academy, a new league opponent on Tuesday, and then head to Colorado Academy on Saturday.
Devils sink Sailors
The good ship Eagle Valley volleyball continues to sail along well after a 25-27, 25-16, 25-14, 25-23 win at Steamboat Springs.
That victory came on the heels a three-set conquering of Palisade.
“It’s tough, tough, place to play,” Devils coach Jackie Rindy said. “Their crowd is one of the most vocal. They get under you skin.”
But not enough to derail the Devils (9-2 overall and 5-0 in the 4A Slope). After struggling with its hitting in the first set, Eagle Valley put it in gear.
Coach Rindy said that Emma Lassa was key with her energy up front at middle blocks. Senior Alyssa Ortega also came in for Sydney Manzanares, when she went out with an injury, and played fantastic defense.
Eagle Valley keeps the road show going with games at Summit County of Thursday and Glenwood Springs on Saturday.
The Saints earned a four-set win at Hotchkiss on Friday night.
Vail Christian moved to 4-2 overall and 4-1 in the 2A Slope.
Tanner Pierce-Durance has the best match of her season, according to Vail Christian coach Sara Carlton, while Megan Carty finished the match with a flourish with five aces.
The Saints were also playing with a new offense, and the best way to see it is to come to the Wheeler Athletic Center on Tuesday when Vail Christian hosts Paonia.
Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934, firstname.lastname@example.org and @cfreud.