Hotchkiss blanks VMS 2-0
EAST VAIL, Colorado ” This is definitely not your older brother’s 3A Western Slope when it comes to soccer.
And even though the VMS soccer team did have an older brother ” Sylvan Ellefson ” in the crowd Saturday at Bandoni Alumni Field, it was Hotchkiss (previously under the auspices of Paonia) coming away with a 2-0 win over the Gore Rangers.
The Bulldogs (previously the Eagles) had never won at Vail Mountain before Saturday.
“It’s just a momentum builder,” Hotchkiss coach Elaine Wood said. “It’s been a hard four years building to get to this point. Vail is always exceptional competition, so we feel good to be able to walk away with a win.”
Hotchkiss is certainly making itself known in the topsy-turvy Slope with a 3-0-2 mark and 5-0-3 record overall. And since the league seems more balanced as opposed to traditional Basalt domination, that gives hope to the Gore Rangers. However, as well as VMS coach Bob Bandoni felt his team played Saturday, at 0-4-1 in the Slope and 1-5-1 overall, the Gore Rangers need to start piling up some points ” and soon.
“We’re struggling with the result, and that makes it difficult in the context that we are trying put the idea of running the table in perspective,” he said. “I have always said that we don’t measure ourselves in results, but where we are in terms of a competitive edge. We leave here feeling good about ourselves in this regard.”
Hotchkiss’ Kevin Hernandez got the Bulldogs on the board with a laser into the left panel on which VMS goalie Sean Minett had no chance.
“That was just a strike,” Wood said. “That goalie (Minett) was very impressive. He was on everything. It took a shot like that to beat him.”
VMS looked like it had a golden opportunity to equalize minutes later when Tony Ryerson had a breakaway, but Hotchkiss’ Evan Hansen came off his line and snuffed it.
“Great save,” Bandoni said. “Tony made a textbook play to drop in behind, trying to flick the ball and their goalie made a great intuitive response. Those were two pieces of good soccer and we were on the wrong end of it.”
The Bulldogs iced the game when Jeff Sidor scored off a corner kick.
Vail Mountain has little time to bounce back. The Colorado Rocky Mountain School comes to Bandoni Alumni Field Monday at 4 p.m.
Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 748-2934 or email@example.com.
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