Vail Valley preps: Saints get first win
RANGELY – Oh, happy day.
Vail Christian soccer is on the board with their first win of 2011, after knocking off Rangely, 2-1, Friday afternoon not far from Utah.
McKenzie O’Brien scored both goals for the Saints – all lucky 13 of them – to overcome a 1-0 Panthers’ second-half lead, and Vail Christian goalie Kierra Kalakewich preserved the victory by saving a Rangely penalty kick in stoppage time.
“It’s makes the drive to Rangely worth it after the game,” Vail Christian coach Barbara Wilson said. “After the game, we all got together to take a moment to enjoy it.”
The Saints have been out-peopled this season – sometimes playing with just 10 players – and had lost five straight to start the season. Thus, there was much rejoicing. This was also the 3A Slope game with Rangely so Vail Christian is 1-2 in league and 1-5 overall, with a major emphasis on the “1.”
Vail Christian got practice time on the turf at Freedom Park Thursday and spent that time, working on transitioning the ball from the defense over the middle to the attack. The Saints executed the plan to perfection in Rangely Friday. Karen Parra and Cindy Reyes sent the ball over the Panthers in the 52nd and 54th minutes, respectively,
“I think they realized they can do it,” Wilson said. “They can go through a game without with getting a substitution. They made the extra effort to win the ball and mark their man. There was so much good stuff.”
Vail Christian is next in action against the Colorado Rocky Mountain School in Carbondale on Thursday.
Huskies lax crushes Telluride
TELLURIDE – Apparently the long bus ride didn’t bother Battle Mountain boys lacrosse.
The Huskies slammed Telluride, 20-1, Friday afternoon on the first leg of their southern swing this weekend. Battle Mountain is at Durango today.
It was a good win for Battle Mountain since the Huskies had a decisive 16-0 win against the Miners up in Edwards last month. There was no letdown in the rematch.
“We played our game, which is good hard lacrosse for 48 minutes,” Huskies coach Kevin O’Brien said. “We didn’t drop to the level of our opponent.”
Battle Mountain (7-1) had a cornucopia of goal-scorers, highlighted by Christian Nichols with four goals and five assists and Josh Rosenbach with four scores.