Courtesy: Spencer Farrin (Moscow, Idaho)
Vandals Display Talent on Pitch
Courtesy: Idaho Athletic Media Relations
          Release: 08/10/2014
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MOSCOW, Idaho—The 2014 Idaho Vandals soccer team showcased its talent in the inaugural Silver & Gold fall scrimmage on Sunday at Guy Wicks Field. The team was split up into two separate squads and played for 50 minutes, giving fans a chance to see the team in action prior to the start of the regular season on Aug. 22.

The Gold squad, composed of 11 returners, defeated the Silver team. Sophomore captain Elexis Schlossarek notched the lone goal of the scrimmage in the 28th minute. Gold was awarded a free kick 30 yards outside of Silver’s net. Schlossarek fired a screamer past Kimberly Gerken into the right side of the net. Schlossarek led all players with three shots on goal.

“I thought it [today] was great,” head coach Derek Pittman said. “It was great to see some of the upperclassmen play against some of the newcomers. It was great for them to come out and set a tone and they did that from the opening kickoff. I thought both teams played hard, the upper classmen might have been at bit more organized just from being in our system a little bit longer. There was definitely some of the younger players that in some good performances. Overall, I was really happy with our first intersquad scrimmage.”

Gold finished the day with nine shots, landing four on goal. Silver fired a total of eight shots with one on target. Torell Stewart, the lone returning keeper, played all 50 minutes for Gold. The sophomore was forced to make one save on the day. Silver’s netminders split time between the first and second half. Washington State transfer April Russell, started in net for Silver. She finished the half with two saves. Gerken subbed in to start the second half. The freshman keeper made one save.

“Obviously, I would love us to create a little bit more on the offensive end,” Pittman added. “We only created about eight or nine shots on each side. Defensively I thought we were pretty organized. We did not give up any cheap chances. I thought we talked and communicated well across the back line. I thought Torell did a good job in goal for the upperclassmen and keeping them organized.”

The Vandals will remain a young team in 2014. Last season Idaho won four games with a roster that featured 12 freshmen. This season the roster continues to feature young talent, with 19 underclassmen making up a majority of the team. Coach Pittman and his coaching staff have worked around the clock to prepare all 25 players for the regular season opener at Seattle U.

“The last five days has been trying to see what pieces we have,” Pittman commented. “It is now a matter of us starting to make some decisions, figuring out where people are going to play. We will be spending a lot of time over the next 10 to 12 days getting everything ready for Seattle U.”

The Vandals will be back at practice next week. They will make the trip to Seattle for the opener on Aug. 22 and will return to Guy Wicks Field on Aug. 24 to face Texas Christian in the home opener.