Saturday’s preps wrap: VMS soccer and Eagle Valley lacrosse
EAST VAIL — Vail Mountain School soccer won its season opener against Roaring Fork, 5-0, on Friday and coach Bob Bandoni did backflips.
OK, maybe not.
It was a good start and not much more in the steady-as-it-goes world of Gore Rangers soccer synergy.
“It’s an interesting mix of feelings. Probably everybody everyone shares this,” Bandoni said. “You don’t feel ready to play a game, but you’d rather play a game than train. You want to test some things and see what things look like. It’s refreshing, and there’s always a kind of special energy when players put on the uniform.”
Yes, the Gore Rangers are the two-time 2A state champions. Yes, they are playing 3A this year and are ranked No. 8 in the chsaa.com poll. But there’s going to be a lot of coming and going with players (skiing commitments) before Bandoni feels he has an accurate assessment of where his team is.
According to Bandoni, Marley Chappel, Emma Hall and Tess Johnson were in on the scoring.
Vail Mountain heads to Edwards on Tuesday to take on Vail Christian at 3:15 p.m. at Freedom Park.
Devils girls lax wins
Five hat tricks in one game?
Eagle Valley girls lacrosse had just that on Saturday in a 16-4 win over Telluride to bump its record to 2-1 on the seaso.
Lindsay Martinez, Abby Jewett, Jillian Byron, Rachel Devlin and Rivenna Olden had three goals each. Devlin and Olden are freshmen. So is Bianca Buechell, who scored the Devils’ 16th.
“We’re a really young team,” Devils coach Jessi Dondero said. “We have a them of family, and taking advantage of that theme has really helped us with these last two wins.”
Eagle Valley’s only blemish this season was a 9-8 loss at Summit County in a nonconference game. The Devils get another crack at the Tigers on Wednesday in Gypsum.
In Eagle Valley boys lacrosse, the Devils dropped a tough one to Steamboat Springs, 9-3, on Friday.
Kenny Rindy, Conner Wilson and Finn Blomquist scored for the Devils (1-2 overall and 0-1 in the Western Conference).
“I think we’re right there,” Devils coach Boomer Devlin said. “I don’t think the guys believe quite yet in each other and the system. It’s a process. Once there’s the belief, we’re going to go places.”
Eagle Valley’s boys host Summit County on Tuesday.
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Jeff Shiffrin, with his wife, Eileen, made the Vail area their home decades ago, and together raised Mikaela and Taylor Shiffrin, who was a member of the two-time NCAA Champion University of Denver Ski Team.