EAST VAIL - Did anyone see that coming?
Maybe some did in the Vail Mountain School soccer huddle at halftime. However it happened, the Gore Rangers should bottle it.
VMS trailed Roaring Fork, 2-0, at the half, but exploded for five goals in the second half to defeat the 10th-ranked Rams, 5-2, Tuesday at Bandoni Alumni Field.
"It really did come together," VMS coach J.D. Caldwell said. "We had a moment at halftime when we talked about what we could do better. We just started playing really beautiful soccer. Get the ball outside, down the line, serve it across and finish."
Roaring Fork (7-3-1) never saw it coming.
Ben Hymes had two goals (with the assist on one going to goalie William Sterett), as did Ryan Smith. Clay Kirwood capped it with a score of his own.
And, thus, the Gore Rangers (4-6-1 overall, but 3-2 in the 3A Slope) head into their drive for orange (aka the playoffs) in good position and with momentum. VMS is at Coal Ridge Thursday and at Basalt Oct. 18.
"It was perfect timing," Caldwell said. "We see we can beat teams like that with good records. That really boosts the whole team."
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