Ms lead the way for Vail Mountain |

Ms lead the way for Vail Mountain

Chris FreudVail, CO Colorado
VMSS Avery Bellis 1 DT 4-20-11

EAST VAIL- It’s an M thing for Vail Mountain School soccer.Don’t call them the M&M Boys because they’re actually young ladies and all things New York Yankees are not allowed on the soccer pitch at VMS. There’s also the fact that there are three.Maggie Sherman, Misha Harrison and Emily Bandoni, along with honorary M, Avery Bellis, helped VMS to its sixth straight win – a 3-1 victory against Roaring Fork – Wednesday at Bandoni Alumni Field.”It’s really developed over the last couple of games,” Harrison said. “We’ve tried to find each other.”It’s working. The Gore Rangers erased a 1-0 first-half deficit with Bandoni feeding Sherman. VMS finished it with two goals from Harrison to Bellis, who is playing beyond her years as a freshman.That helped VMS (7-2) overcome the absence of four starters due to the spring flu and other injuries, not to mention assorted school activities which have seen the Gore Rangers go two weeks without a game until Wednesday.”It’s been difficult to get back into a rhythm of training,” VMS coach Bob Bandoni said. “To get back into a rhythm and to deal with the adversity of sickness and injury is good for their psychology. I’m really proud of them for rallying.”VMS was in a 1-0 hole when Roaring Fork sophomore Georgia Ackerman scored in the 16th minute. Yet slowly, but surely, the Gore Rangers shook off the rust – they last played in a 2-1 win at Coal Ridge April 5 – and asserted control.”After Coal Ridge, we were on a really great streak, and we were kind of bummed that we couldn’t play,” Sherman said. “But this has been the best year so far with everyone coming back. I don’t think we’ve lost any momentum.””We’re trying to meet the ball,” said Rams coach John Ackerman, whose team fell to 1-7. “Vail Mountain clearly was able to trap the ball and bring it down more quickly to their feet. We’ve struggled with this all season, working on our touches, trying to keep possession. I saw some hustle and then there were some times where we were flat.”While Roaring Fork hosts Rangely today at 4 p.m., VMS (4-0 in the 3A Slope) faces a critical stretch of its season in its season with three games next week. The Gore Rangers are at Grand Valley Tuesday, followed by home games Thursday and Saturday against the Colorado Rocky Mountain School and Basalt, respectively.VMS needs to take care of business against Grand Valley and CRMS to set up a showdown with Basalt, a game which could go a long way toward deciding the Slope title, not to mention making the postseason and earning the right to wear the school’s orange playoff jerseys.”I think that’s in the back of our mind,” Sherman said. “Every game is towards that. But we take each game as it comes. No matter who we’re playing, it’s a big game.”Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934 or soccerRoaring Fork 1 0 – 1Vail Mountain 1 2 – 3Scoring: Georgia Ackerman (16′), Maggie Sherman (32′), Avery Bellis (46′), Bellis (79′)

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