Thanks, Basalt: VMS makes the postseason
ASPEN – The Vail Mountain School girls soccer team would like to send its thanks and appreciation to Basalt.VMS blew its chance to salt away a 3A postseason spot by winning at Aspen Tuesday. The Skiers won, 3-1, leaving the Gore Rangers looking for a little help.The Gore Rangers were in good hands, though. Basalt crushed Roaring Fork, 5-0, giving VMS the 3A Slope’s third and final postseason spot.It’s the first time a VMS girls soccer team has made the postseason.”It’s a bench mark for us,” VMS coach Bob Bandoni said. “It’s something that we talked about. We didn’t stress it. What also makes it exciting is it’s this seniors who really started this phase of our program when they were sophomores. That first year, we played many games with 10 or nine players. Without that kind of passion and camaraderie, I don’t think we would be where we are now.”Hats off to those seniors – Courtney Robinson, Katie Wear, Lauren Mutter, Z Warren and Maddie Sullivan.The Gore Rangers would have rather decided things on their own terms, instead of leaving it to Basalt. But the Bandon was pretty confident in the Longhorns.”If said that if Roaring Fork wins, they can still feel OK because I would take all of them to Italy to watch a soccer game,” he joked. “I am off the hook which is probably important. Financially, that would have been pretty rough to swing.”The Gore Rangers as the No. 3 seed from the Slope take on Metro No. 4. By our calculations – CHSAA makes it official today – that would be Denver Christian, the defending state champs. The Crusaders finished 9-1-4 overall and 6-1-3 in the Metro. They were tied for the third spot with Colorado Academy, but C.A. won the tiebreaker by virtue of the two teams’ results with league champion, Kent Denver. Colorado Academy tied Kent, 0-0, while Denver Christian fell to the Sun Devils, 2-1.Against Aspen, VMS came out with a flurry of scoring chances, but could not capitalize.”The game could have been over literally in the first 15 minutes of the game,” Bandoni said.Instead Aspen built a 3-0 lead by the time Warren scored in the second half on a penalty kick. VMS will have to pick its game up against the Crusaders – either Friday or Saturday afternoon at The Bob.”We know that if we are playing (against) the Metro League, we know that we’re going to play one of the best teams that we have seen all year,” Bandoni said. “We know what level to expect.”Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 614, or firstname.lastname@example.org.Vail, Colorado
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