Bandoni (Mia) scores; VMS wins, 2-1
RANGELY – Given Vail Mountain soccer coach Bob Bandoni’s love of such 3A Slope outposts like Rangely, it is only appropriate that a family milestone occur at a town just 18 miles from the Utah border.Freshman Mia Bandoni, the coach’s oldest daughter, picked up her first high school goal, lifting VMS girls’ soccer to a 2-1 win Thursday over the Panthers. Thus, Mia moves ahead of Bob on VMS’ all-time scoring list.”I think that might have happened,” Bob joked. “It’s got to be her mother’s genes.”Of course, Bob’s well ahead of Mia on the all-time wins list – and to that end, today’s practice session could well be focused on another important aspect of the game.”We’re going to learn how not to be too surprised when we score,” he joked.One might forgive Emily Bandoni and Karlie Moore, who had VMS’ first, for their exuberance. Early into the 2006, finding the back of the net has been the Gore Rangers’ biggest issue. Prior to Thursday’s game, VMS had scored only once – on a penalty kick – in three previous games.Credit on this count should go to better play in the midfield and transition to the attacking third.”It was a lot better,” Bob Bandoni said. “Karlie gave us such a presence in the middle of the field. She was probably touching the ball every three or four passes. She was moving the ball from flank to flank. … We also brought Lani Bruntz into the middle and she too brought a strong presence and calmed things down. We looked like a different team.”Cely Brinkmann got a much-deserved win in net for VMS (1-2-1)”It was really good to get one on the road,” Moore said. “It was good to get points and confidence.”VMS, returning from the delightful 10-hour journey to Rangely, hosts Olathe Saturday at 11 a.m. at The Bob/The Igloo.Vail, Colorado
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