Woods, Grant make all-league for Vail Mountain
EAST VAIL, Colorado – They were the co-captains together and they are all-league together.
Seniors Sean Woods (first team) and Charlie Grant (honorable mention) represent the Vail Mountain School soccer team on the rolls of the 3A Slope’s best, the team’s coach Slade Cogswell announced at Tuesday’s postseason banquet.
For Woods, the title of all-league just adds to a growing list of awards. A tremendous soccer player, the senior is probably better known for his Nordic skiing. He’s already won the Skimester (best all-around high school skier) his sophomore year, and captured a state title in classic, a silver medal in freestyle and was all-state in both disciplines last winter.
“I think it ranks pretty high up there, this being my senior year and being one of the captains with Charlie Grant,” Woods said. “It’s nice to have the award and be able to lead the team with Charlie. It’s nice to know that the coaches recognized us.”
One of the many things that made Woods a natural pick for all-league was his versatility. A fullback by trade, Woods also played midfield toward the end of the season as the team’s injuries mounted.
“He puts in the time to get his skills up and is well-rounded player,” Cogswell said. “We asked so much of from him. We utilized him in multiple roles and that’s something you can ask of only so many players.”
Want a big goal? Ask Grant. While stat-keeping remains severely frowned upon at VMS, Grant was likely the team’s leading scorer. His biggest goal came in the annual grudge match with Aspen at Bandoni Alumni Field in a snowstorm.
Woods, his fellow all-leaguer, was pulled down in the box, and Grant got the P.K. He converted it for a 3-2 overtime win which definitely will be one of the enduring memories of 2009.
“He just has such unbelievable loyalty to toward the program,” Cogswell said. “He has lived and breathed VMS soccer. There isn’t any good soccer player that doesn’t have the gene for a deep passion for the game, and Charlie has it. He did whatever was asked of him.”
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