Down another goalie, VMS ties Roaring Fork
CARBONDALE ” This is not a reprint.
A Vail Mountain School goaltender got hurt Tuesday.
Already without Sean Minett, who sustained a concussion in Saturday’s loss to Basalt, VMS’ back-up keeper Matt Stovall went down with a knee injury in a 2-2 tie Tuesday at Roaring Fork.
“The waiting room of the hospital is filled with Vail Mountain goalies,” said VMS coach Bob Bandoni attempting a joke.
Midfielder Carder Lamb finished the game in net for the Gore Rangers. There’s no word on whether match teacher Oliver Compton is next on the depth chart for VMS between the pipes.
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As for the greater picture, VMS (8-1-1 in the 3A Slope) saw its league title hopes vanish as Basalt beat CRMS, but that wasn’t likely in the cards after Saturday’s loss. Yet the Gore Rangers still very much control their destiny for the Slope’s second and final state berth.
More importantly, VMS did a nice job of rebounding from Saturday’s loss, the departure of Minett and now Stovall.
“That was an issue and I think we really leave this game quite proud with the way the kids responded to more adversity,” Bandoni said. “We brought some of it on ourselves by not being able to score more. I was really pleased, though, in the manner that we’re looking inward for solutions as opposed to outer elements for why we left the field with a tie instead of three points.”
Translating the Bandon-ese, VMS did not allow a goal from the run of play. Roaring Fork got both of its goals on penalty kicks. Meanwhile, Blake Armstrong served Jackson Higgins on a corner kick for the Gore Rangers’ first goal. Tony Ryerson had the second.
The playoff picture for VMS to wear its coveted orange jerseys for the first time since 2004 is pretty simple. At 8-1-1 in the Slope, VMS has 25 points to Aspen’s 21. VMS and Aspen (7-3) both have two games to play in league and the Skiers are at Bandoni Alumni Field Saturday at 11 a.m.
A VMS win or tie clinches orange. The Gore Rangers can lose to Aspen and beat Coal Ridge next week and still make the playoffs, though that is not the preferred scenario.
“This is a pretty unified group,” Bandoni said. “They’re supportive of each other. They don’t point fingers. I don’t worry about the team’s psychology. There is strong leadership within the team and with the captains. It’s not a challenge to motivate this group. They know what’s at stake.”
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