Splish, splash: VMS tops CRMS 1-0
At Thursday’s soccer game against the Colorado Rocky Mountain School, the fans managed to stay dry by positioning their SUVs by the south end of the field. They used the hatchbacks of their cars and even a spare lawn chair to ward off a chilly fall storm.
Whatever the vantage point – SUV or the temporary classrooms on the east end – the view was good for VMS. The Gore Rangers made it three in a row in league play with a 1-0 win over the visiting Oysters.
“We really made a significant step forward,” coach Bob Bandoni said. “Patrick Scanlan played the best soccer game I’ve ever seen him play. He was very calm in the middle of the field. He gave us possession across the field. It just gave us that many more opportunities.”
It was an opportunity in the 28th minute that resulted in the game’s only goal. Scanlan brought it up and got the ball to freshman Maxwell Avery. Avery fed Andrew Feldman and the senior scored his sixth goal of the season.
The game turned into a defensive struggle in the second half. CRMS controlled the flow of the game in the final 40 minutes, but the VMS defense held.
Goalie Ben Cope, who came in in relief of Michael Busenhart in the second half, had a stellar save on the Oysters’ best scoring opportunity with 12 minutes left in the game.
While the rain wasn’t too popular with the faithful, Bandoni gave it a thumbs up.
“We love it. We feel as though we’ve been parched out here in the altitude of East Vail,” he laughed. “It’s remarkable that our field is actually finding a hue of green after being brown for so long. So we love this.”
It was also popular with A.J. LeGaye, Drew Daly and Sebastian Faessler, who took part in a postgame session of slip-and-slide, taking turns running and sliding headfirst through the water accumulated at the east end of the field.
Provided that the Gore Rangers (3-1 overall and 3-0 in the Slope) did not catch pneumonia, they will next be in action Thursday in East Vail against Eagle Valley.
“The team came together and it’s making a world of difference,” Scanlan said. “I think a lot of people doubted us at the beginning of the season, but now that we have beaten two of our biggest league rivals, I think we’re showing what we can do.”
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