Youthful Palisade falls to Steamboat Springs
Rolando Vargus has had a busy season.
Palisade’s senior goalkeeper has had pressure on him in most games as the young Bulldogs (1-12, 0-10 Western Slope Conference) have struggled at times this season to keep the ball away from Vargus.
Saturday at the Peach Bowl was no exception as Vargus had 15 saves but Palisade still fell to Steamboat Springs 7-0 on a rainy field.
“Rolando has been busy all season and has had a lot of challenges,” Palisade coach Drake Jandreau said. “He is a great goalie and a lot of guys come in at him one on one and are surprised because he
is so quick with his hands.”
The Sailors kept the attack on Vargus all day, finishing with 30 shots on goal.
“I thought our team did pretty good today, we held the line and my defense was there when I needed them to be,” Vargus said. “The rain made it faster so the ball came at me a little quicker when it was on the ground.”
Despite the lopsided score, the game was relatively competitive, as the Sailors scored in bunches.
Daniel Wright scored the first Steamboat goal at the 8 minute mark, which was followed by two quick goals from Blake Edington at the 21st and 23rd minutes.
“They capitalized on our mistakes,” Jandreau said. “They had more speed, but our guys played great today. A lot of strong effort.”
Steamboat was held in check until the 53rd minute of the second half when Tony Rende scored followed by a Wright goal in the 54th minute. Lars Johnson scored the Sailors final two goals in the 59th and 61st minute.
“We are a young team and we make a lot of mistakes and they took advantage of that,” Jandreau said. “But I was really pleased with the way they played.”
The Bulldogs got eight shots on goal and had their opportunities as Daniel Jaramillo had open chances in both halves but glanced the ball off of the post and sent another over the top.
Palisade has two games left in the regular season, against Moffat County and Glenwood Springs, as it attempts to get its first conference win.
“We are going to try and stay in it and try to win a couple of games,” Vargus said.