Prep Sports Roundup
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
A strong start for Grand Valley’s boys soccer team wasn’t followed with a strong finish in a 6-2 loss to visiting Rifle on Tuesday.
“I was very pleased with how we started the match,” Cardinals coach Eric Sarno said. “We came out with some good energy and created a few quality chances on goal.”
Sophomore midfielder Francisco Vicencio, who goes by “Paco” among his teammates, played a through ball into senior forward Alfredo Vicencio, who scored in the 15th minute to give Grand Valley a 1-0 lead.
Rifle countered with a pair of goals before Alfredo Vicencio lifted Grand Valley to a two-all tie with his second goal of the day, off a pass from junior Luis Vicencio.
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The Bears answered with two more goals to a take a 4-2 halftime lead. They padded their advantage with two more second-half goals.
“We had a few mental breakdowns that led directly to Rifle goals,” Sarno said. “We need to have better focus for the full 80 minutes. The majority of goals scored at this level are on defensive mistakes.”
Tired legs didn’t help the Cardinals.
“We ran out of gas,” Sarno said. “Having played seven games in the last 13 days has taken a toll on the group. We very much need rest before taking on Coal Ridge next Thursday.”
Vail Mountain School’s Trevor Sheldon will not be mistaken for an NBA center, but he never stood taller than when his hand shot up, wanting to take the penalty shot in the game’s waning seconds.
The freshman buried it, ticking a rifle shot off the outstretched fingertips of Colorado Rocky Mountain School’s diving goalie and just inside the right post for the game’s only goal and a 1-0 Gore Ranger win.
“If they want it, you have to give them the shot,” said VMS coach Slade Cogswell.
This Vail Mountain School crew plays like a classic VMS squad, disciplined yet daring, sending seeing-eye passes between defenders to create scoring opportunities and creating enough wild scrambles in front of their opponent’s net to hold a rave.
Take the one that ended with Sheldon’s goal.
One of those seeing-eye passes found its way to the top-left corner of the Oysters’ penalty.
The ball and bodies bounced around in the goal box like a pinball machine as Oysters goalie Alex Henderson made two spectacular saves. And yet, it wasn’t enough.
VMS’ Garret Cerny popped a firm header toward the left side of the goal as Henderson was bouncing up to get to it. Cerny’s shot hit a CRMS defender in the back of his left hand as the defender stood on the goal line – hand ball in the box.
The whistle sounded for the penalty kick, Sheldon’s hand shot up to call for the shot, Cogswell gave him the ball, and seconds later, VMS had the win.
Led by a 79 from Danny Bartels, Rifle scored a fourth-place team finish at Monday’s Skiers Invitational boys golf tournament.
Also contributing to the Bears’ team score of 246 were Jacob Withee (83) and Triston Quigley (84).
Vail Christian’s Parker Pogge won the tournament, carding a 71.
The host Skiers won the team title, combining on a 223. Ryan Smith and Jesse Beetham shot matching 73s to take second and third place, respectively.
Steamboat Springs nabbed second as a team. Battle Mountain was third.
– Randy Wyrick of the Vail Daily contributed to this report.
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