Basalt bounces VMS soccer 4-1 |

Basalt bounces VMS soccer 4-1

In its first look this season against the 3A Western Slope favorites, the Basalt Longorns, the Vail Mountain School soccer team took an early 1-0 lead and were tied at the half, before falling 4-1 Saturday.

“The score is really not representative of the quality of our play,” VMS coach Bob Bandoni said. “We played the best soccer we’ve played this season. I think our players felt it. Our possession gets more and sophisticated. We slowed our attack, which allowed for us to get numbers forward. We were also varying the speed of our attack, playing through balls and early crossed with some lateral play.”

Bandoni sprinkled out plaudits on defense to the likes of Drew Daly, A.J. LeGaye and Duncan Robinson. Offensively, the coach gave a nod to Dane Jacobs, Tyler Kjesbo, Patrick Scanlan and Andrew Feldman.

For the second game in a row, the last two names on the list hooked up for a first-half goal.

“We went up 1-0 on beautiful feed to Andrew from Patrick,” Bandoni said. “It was the timing. It was beautiful as was Andrew’s goal.”

Basalt, the No. 5-ranked team in the state, however, asserted itself in the second half to move to 5-0 in league play and 6-2 overall.

“It’s odd. In some ways, I’m glad it was 4-1. 4-1 in soccer is a blowout,” Bandoni said. “I think it will help us out psychologically the next time we play them. (Basalt is) leaving the field thinking they beat us 4-1. I don’t think that was indicative of the game. We leave feeling as though we have played at our highest level thus far this season and we still have much more room for growth.”

The Gore Rangers head to Paonia Tuesday for a 4 p.m. kickoff.

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