Summit beats Vail Mountain, 4-0 |

Summit beats Vail Mountain, 4-0

EAST VAIL – Summit County didn’t score any cheap goals Monday afternoon at The Bob against the Vail Mountain School.

“Those were four all unbelievably great goals,” Tigers coach Peter Shafroth said. “When we scrimmaged (VMS in August), we were missing six starters. … These guys never got to see them at that time. We’ve got some pretty good firepower this year.”

That much was evident in Summit’s 4-0 nonconference win over the Gore Rangers. Despite the lopsided score, VMS goalie Michael Busenhart played a very, strong game. Summit’s goals were just that good.

“They call their own set plays, which we scored a goal on today,” Shafroth said, referring to Chris Nowakiwsky’s successful penalty kick in the 30th minute. “They pretty much have a go of things. We’re pretty good down the middle of the field. We’re trying to work on using the width of the field and this is perfect field to do that on.”

Summit felt at home immediately, dictating the flow of play. In the 30th minute, VMS was whistled for an infraction about 30 yards out from its end. The Gore Rangers set the wall up, but that was no problem for Nowakiwsky.

“They set (the wall) up and the keeper was to the right post, a little too much. The goal just blew up,” he said. “I bent it right over the last guy’s head. Everything clicked.”

One minute later, Kevin Pelen took a pass from Elliott Hedman and cracked a 40-yard shot, which clipped just underneath the crossbar for a 2-0 Summit lead at the half.

Nowakiwsky got his second goal of the game on a 35-yard bullet, which eluded Busenhart, in the 50th minute. Stephen Chavez rounded out the scoring with another long-distance rocket in the waning minutes.

“We have two, tough league games this week,” Shafroth said. “Obviously, we wanted the win because it makes the record look better. But, more importantly, we wanted to work on some of the aspects of our game that will make us a better team, coming into the rest of the conference season.”

Meanwhile, Vail Mountain, starving for goals recently, was implementing a new system, moving Tyler Kjesbo into the midfield and Patrick Scanlan up front. But that plan was foiled when Kjesbo, the latest victim of the VMS injury/flu parade, went down with a hamstring injury in the first half.

“We have yet to be able 11 healthy players (this season),” VMS coach Bob Bandoni said. “It’s very hard. It’s very discouraging to players. But, it’s one of the realities of competitive athletics. The real test is always the day ahead of you. We’ve got to see if we can get people healthy and try to make something of a situation that is sometimes out of control.”

Summit (5-3-1 overall, 2-0 in the Jeffco) has two big league games on the road this week with Evergreen Wednesday and Friday vs. D’Evelyn .

“If we can win these two games this week, we’re going to be pretty much assured of getting a playoff spot,” Shafroth said. “So, in that sense, they’re really big games. They’re games, I think, we have a chance of winning.”

In the meantime, VMS (2-6, but 2-2 in the 3A Slope) still is in the hunt for orange – the postseason. VMS hosts Aspen Thursday at 4 p.m. Naturally, Bandoni is sticking to the company line of improving the quality of play, rather than results.

“I don’t even want to be in the mix, if we can’t play a higher quality of soccer than we’re playing now,” Bandoni said. “Again, that’s going to be related to a lot of variables that are seemingly not in our control, one of them being people’s health and fitness. People are sick and they’re hurt. I wish I had something more profound than that.”

Chris Freud is the sports editor for the Vail Daily. Contact him at (970) 949-0555, ext. 614 or by e-mail at

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