Orange falls to Colorado Academy, 3-0 |

Orange falls to Colorado Academy, 3-0

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EAST VAIL – The Vail Mountain School girls’ soccer team ended its postgame talk after Friday’s 3-0 loss to Colorado Academy in a state-seeding game at The Bob, and simply paused for a moment.”I was sharing with them how sad it was to end the season and punctuate it in that way,” VMS coach Bob Bandoni said. “But it’s a group that has grown to be close. I think they can sense they are a part of something special and that they’re creating some lore in Vail Mountain School soccer, and at the same time, creating a future for themselves.””A lot of us have played together for a while,” senior goalie Cely Brinkmann said. “We had the new freshmen come in. We had to ease them in, but they stepped up. We clicked and this was a really great season.”No. 7-ranked Colorado Academy ended The Gore Rangers’ season with two goals from Marlena Hartman-Filson and one from Mara Mackillop to advance to the 3A state playoffs, starting next week.

“I thought the soccer was a great game. Vail Mountain did a great job,” said Colorado Academy coach Owen Schreffler, whose team upped its record to 9-5-2. “They came out. It was a battle the first 20-25 minutes. We were fortunate to put one on frame. I thought their keeper, she must have made 15, 18 saves. Definitely a class act.”Fab froshHartman-Filson has been the surprise of the season for the Mustangs. On a team struggling with injuries to veterans, the freshman led Colorado Academy is scoring during the regular season, and didn’t stop Friday in the postseason.

Midway though the first half, Hartman-Filson placed her shot perfectly above Brinkmann from 30 yards out for a 1-0 lead.”I didn’t think it was going to go in, but I guess (Brinkmann) was just off her line,” she said. “I don’t know.””She’s a surprise,” Schreffler said “She shows up at tryouts. The next thing you know she’s not only on varsity, she’s a starter. Obviously she’s a talented player. We’ve been really hit with injuries hard this season. To have a freshman step up and be able to score goals is good.”Mackillop and Hartman-Filson put the game away in the second half.

While C.A. was the better squad, VMS was much more competitive in its second foray into postseason play than last year’s loss to Denver Christian.”What we just talked about was last year our goal was to get into the tournament for the first time. That was the first chapter of the story,” Bandoni said. “We were content to get there, but it was difficult to compete. We were all witness to that. “This year, we wanted to get back to it, but the goal was different. We wanted to compete. We knew we were coming in against a good team and we weren’t quite sure what to expect. I think we were close to playing as well as we can play. … We’re leaving field feeling as though we can compete with some of the better teams in 3A.”

Just for kicksColorado Academy captured one of the eight state spots in the 3A state tournament being contested this week. From the 3A Slope, Aspen advanced to the playoffs with a 1-0 win over Colorado Springs Christian Thursday. Basalt got a bye through the state-seeding round. The 3A bracket comes out Sunday on … Brinkmann, Lindsay Wright and Morgan Irons made their final appearances for VMS. … As expected, orange was the color of the day among VMS’ faithful. “It’s nice to be recognized,” Brinkmann said. “When we first started, there were nine players on the team. Everyone was like, ‘Oh, girls’ soccer team, you guys aren’t going to do well.’ We came out here and proved that this program is going to go real far.”Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 748-2934, or, Colorado

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