Vail waddles over the Blue Goose |

Vail waddles over the Blue Goose

Matt Hitt

BRECKENRIDGE – A hotly contested match turned into a rout Saturday when the Breckenridge Blue Goose gambled and lost.Midway through the second half, Vail led 24-16, and the Goose had the option to attempt a penalty kick. “We were in it with 15 minutes to go,” Goose coach Peter Shafroth said.

Instead of kicking for three points, the Goose picked up the ball and attempted to score five points by running the ball forward – but Vail’s defense stood strong and took possession back. The Goose would never get that close again, losing by a final score of 38-16.Shafroth blamed the loss on a lack of ball control from the Goose.”I counted 12 offensive turnovers,” Shafroth said. Vail’s Brandon McDonald attributed the win to his team’s superior stamina.”It came down to conditioning,” McDonald said.

McDonald, Vail’s captain, scored the first try for Vail, and was a thorn in the side of the Goose all day. As the game wore on, Shafroth told Goose big-man John Terrill to concentrate on tackling McDonald in the scrum.Vail’s Steve MacKinnon pulled double-duty as coach and player and scored two tries of his own in the first half. The score stood at 19-6 at halftime.After the break, the Goose came out strong, with Corey Parten scoring a try. The Gentlemen powered their way down the field, until Vail stood strong at the goal line. Just as the drive seemed to stall, Parten scooped up a loose ball and dove forward to score the try. “We walked all the way down the field on that possession,” Parten said. He added that the Goose tackled much better Saturday than in previous matches.MacKinnon said that his team “got dominated” in scrums by the Goose. Vail will be working on their scrum play and defense in practice, he added. Vail’s offense played well all day, he said.

Brian Peters, who scored the back-breaking final try for Vail, congratulated the Gentlemen on their passion.”The Goose always come with it,” Peters said.Parten said he felt the Goose played well, blaming “a couple breakdowns” for the final score.MacKinnon gave “due respect” to the Breckenridge squad, but in the end, Vail prevailed because it “played great as a team,” he said.The Blue and White (2-0) is at Park City, Utah, Saturday Vail, Colorado

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