VMS soccer wins opener, 2-0, over Eagle Valley, Rouaud gets 1st goal
EAST VAIL — No, you weren’t seeing weird colors at Saturday, Aug. 25’s Eagle Valley-Vail Mountain School soccer game.
Yes, the host Gore Rangers were wearing blue at home at Bandoni Alumni Field, while the visiting Devils were in white.
This is new CHSAA rule that says the home soccer team will wear dark colors at home. While it does go against soccer tradition, the upside, from the Gore Rangers’ perspective, is that they would be able to wear the full orange if they do get a home playoff game.
And so far so good in that quest as VMS toppled Eagle Valley, 2-0, on Saturday in the opener for both teams.
The to-do list
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As is usual after the first game of a season, both coaches had a long list of things upon which to work.
“We need work everywhere,” said VMS coach Alex Darbut, and, keep in mind, he was on the winning side on Saturday. “We’ll be focusing on our defense a lot. We have a young defense. We had a freshman, two sophomores and junior back there and everyone is new except for Nico.”
Nico is Nicolas O’Connell and the Gore Rangers do have some holes to fill on defense after graduating Bridger Gile and Max Bervy among others. The good news is that VMS returns starting keeper Theo Marston.
The thing to remember with VMS is that the squad is still really young. Marston is one of four seniors on the squad along with Shane Cole, Cameron Bill and Nathan Rouaud.
Meanwhile, Eagle Valley was happy to be playing a game after three weeks of practice.
“For three weeks, it was a lot of practice,” Devils coach Maggie Sherman said. “Being in a game was great. We’re trying to see who goes where, who gets what position and who works well together, see where the kinks are and fix them.”
The first on the to-do list for Eagle Valley is communication. The Devils had some organizational issues, but that’s why teams start with nonconference games.
The Slopes beckon
Both teams open their league slates on Tuesday, Aug. 28. VMS hosts Roaring Fork at 4 p.m., while the Devils have Battle Mountain coming to town at 6 p.m.
Rouaud opened the scoring early with a free kick.
“The wall was not the best placed and I had an opportunity to put it in the right corner and I hit it nice and low and hard and the keeper didn’t have a chance, so it was good,” the senior said.
VMS looked a bit better as the game progressed and got some insurance in the 60th minute. The Gore Rangers Henry Strauch made a nice run along the end line and the ball eventually landed at the feet of Sebastian Kolhofer, who slammed it home.