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Soccer Cardinals win first-ever league game

Grand Valley’s boys soccer program took a stride in the right direction on Friday, winning its first-ever 3A Western Slope League game.

Surging out to a 3-0 lead, the Cardinals held on for a 3-1 win over visiting Vail Mountain School. Grand Valley’s boys soccer program is in its second year of existence.

“The boys came out and really played well as a team,” Cardinals coach Eric Sarno said. “We had some nice possession, which created quality chances on goal.”



Grand Valley got on the scoreboard early in the fifth minute with a goal by freshman Luis Ruiz. The youngster scored on a pass from senior Sergio Franco.

Franco scored the second goal in the 15th minute off a pass from senior Miguel Mancinas.



Senior Alfredo Vicencio got the third goal in the 20th minute off a pass from a pass from sophomore Francisco Vicencio.

Vail Mountain scored its lone goal in the 76th minute.

The Cardinals’ senior goalkeeper, Artemio Baltazar, made some key saves to preserve the win.

“I am so happy with how hard we worked,” Sarno said. “We battled until the final whistle. … The boys deserved it.”

Next up for Grand Valley is a Tuesday trip to Hotchkiss.


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