CARBONDALE — Normally, beating the Colorado Rocky Mountain School, 5-0, is nothing about which to write home.
It seems that generations of VMS soccer teams knock the heck out of the Oysters from Chad McConathy to Slade Cogswell to Andrew Feldman to Tony Ryerson. This, however, is not a normal year. CRMS entered Thursday’s game hosting VMS with a 4-0 record, including wins over both Basalt and Aspen. We’ll give you a moment to complete your spit take.
So, the Gore Rangers were perfectly happy to return from Carbondale with a 5-0 league win over CRMS on Thursday afternoon.
“There’s a lot of parity in this league,” VMS coach Pete Petrovski said. “I feel like all the teams have the talent to go out there and beat everyone else. It’s a matter of who’s playing well at the time.”
To illustrate, VMS beat CRMS which beat Basalt which beat the Gore Rangers on Tuesday. That makes perfect sense.
What was really encouraging to see was VMS drop four goals on CRMS in the first 31 minutes of the contest. The Gore Rangers did not get a late start.
“We came out guns ablazing,” Petrovski said. “We had a strong discussion about how important it was to continue with strong starts. We applied a lot of pressure. Our forwards did a particularly good job of pressuring their defense so that they had no easy passes up the field.”
Garrett Cerny had two goals, which were nice. More importantly, the senior did a fantastic job checking the ball, allowing VMS to maintain possession and to incorporate the midfield into the attack.
Clay Kirwood and Peter Ferraro had a goal and an assist each, and freshman Robby Gruber notched his first varsity goal. William Sterret got the shutout between the pipes in what Petrovski called his team’s best outing of the season.
And in a wide-open 3A Slope, with the exception of Coal Ridge which is the favorite until someone shows otherwise, this should be a thrill ride into October for the Gore Rangers.
“I like our chances,” Petrovski said. “We’re starting to get healthy and we’re a young team. The guys are finding their roles and figuring out the pace of a varsity game. We had five freshmen in the game today and they did really well. They wouldn’t get the minutes if they hadn’t earned them. They’ve really embraced the opportunity and realized how much work it takes to get varsity spots, and they’re doing what they need to do to keep them.”
VMS (5-3 overall and 2-0 in the 3A Slope) heads up to Craig on Saturday to face Moffat County at 11 a.m.
Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934 and email@example.com.