Coal Ridge tops Gore Rangers, 3-1
EAST VAIL – The new kids on the block served notice Thursday at Bandoni Alumni Field.Coal Ridge completed a season sweep of the Vail Mountain School with a 3-1 win and threw its collective hat into the state-playoff race.Two teams from the 3A Slope will go. Until anyone says otherwise, league power Basalt is firmly tucked in the No. 1 spot, leaving Coal Ridge (5-1-1 in the Slope) Aspen (5-2) to duke it out for the second invite. “I have not mentioned anything to them, but in my mind I’ve got the different scenarios worked out,” Coal Ridge coach Brian Blair said. “This win puts us in a really good position going into the final five games.”For those scoring at home, Western Slope No. 2 hosts Metro No. 5, which happens to be Faith Christian.
But before the Titans, competing in their first season in the 3A Slope plan for the postseason, there’s plenty of soccer to be played. On the other hand, Coal Ridge came into East Vail and laid it down Thursday.Midfielders Kourtney Mitchell and Kelly Romero put up goals in the first half and the Titans never looked back.”Vail Mountain’s been playing well recently, so we had to come out with intensity and getting those first two really boosted our confidence on this field,” Blair said.The Titans were soaring by the time Drew Simonson found the back of the net on a pass from Courtney Hutton.VMS played well, but the finishing touch – or lack thereof – did in the Gore Rangers.
“This is a game that sometimes doesn’t reward certain kinds of play,” VMS coach Bob Bandoni said. “There were times we were playing the best soccer we have all year. We wouldn’t finish off the final combination in the final 20 yards. But we had players who played their best game of the year.”And those the coach gave plaudits to were Kelsey Peck, Mia Bandoni and Taylor Biegler.VMS final got on the board in the waning minutes with a serve from Molly Etters into the box that was finished by Karlie Moore.The Gore Rangers fell to 5-5 – games against Olathe, which dropped its program March 30, are being counted as forfeit wins. VMS takes on Basalt at home Tuesday at 4 p.m., while Coal Ridge will have to wait until April 21 for its next match, also against the Longhorns.
Saints washed outHAYDEN – Vail Christian track and field was finally ready to go Thursday. The weather was not.Bad weather wiped out the Hayden Invitational Thursday, so the Saints will give it a go against Saturday at the Air Academy Invitational.Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 748-2934 or email@example.com.