Vail Mountain School beats Liberty Common in playoffs
Orange Gore Rangers face Stargate School on Saturday
FORT COLLINS — It is not about the result.
Yes, whenever Vail Mountain School soccer coach Bob Bandoni speaks this way one has a tendency to roll one’s eyes and think the longtime coach is full of hot air. But it tends to work.
No. 21 Vail Mountain School upset No. 12 Liberty Common, 3-1, on Wednesday afternoon during the first round of the 3A state soccer playoffs.
“We talked about this yesterday in training and before the game that our whole motivation and purpose wasn’t even about winning,” Bandoni said. “It was simply to play at the highest level possible this year. … Our play reflected the colors we were wearing.”
And, yes, that would be orange — road white with orange trim — but orange, nonetheless, in keeping with VMS’ proud postseason tradition.
The Bandon-ese may sound overly professorial, yet the Gore Rangers (9-7) bought in on Wednesday beating the Eagles, a team with a sparking 12-3 record that had outscored its opponents, 71-6, this season.
“I’m not going to lie,” VMS senior Sammy Gish said. “I told the team we’re not supposed to win, and it doesn’t matter as long as we play as one. I’m proud of everyone. Everyone had their best games yet. That’s what orange is all about.”
And the orange will ride on to Saturday at 4 p.m. to take on the Stargate School. The Stargate School Eagles beat Resurrection Christian, 7-2, on Wednesday.
Against the Liberty Common Eagles, veteran Marley Chappel got the equalizer to level the game at one. Lamar Campbell got what would be the game-winner and Chappel added another for insurance in the second half.
Across Class 3A and 4A, Wednesday night was a good one for the Western Slope. In addition to Vail Mountain’s win, No. 6 Aspen cruised to a 6-0 win against 27th-seeded Englewood. No. 19 Roaring Fork knocked off No. 14 Denver School of Science and Tech-Stapleton, 3-1.
No. 25 Coal Ridge gave No. 8 Eagle Ridge Academy a run in a 4-3 loss. No. 26 Delta and No. 28 Basalt got bounced as expected.
In 4A, No. 23 Glenwood Springs took out No. 10 Palmer Ridge, while No. 19 Steamboat Springs housed Pueblo County, 6-1.
Huskies lax falls
LAKEWOOD — Green Mountain brought down the curtain on Battle Mountain lacrosse’s season, defeating the Huskies, 10-3, on Wednesday night at Trailblazer Stadium during the first round of the 4A state playoffs.
The Huskies qualified for the playoffs by winning four straight game to finish the regular season.
The first round of the 4A playoff went to seed with the exception of No. 9 Evergreen recording a minor 10-5 upset over Aspen. Western Conference champion Steamboat Springs routed Jefferson Academy and will host Green Mountain in the quarterfinals on Friday.