Vail: Gore Rangers beat Aspen, fall to Coal Ridge
VAIL, Colorado – Aspen and Vail Mountain School soccer played in a snow-storm Monday. Could it be any other way?
And the Gore Rangers added another legendary moment to the rivalry with a dramatic 3-2 win in overtime at Bandoni Alumni Field.
With one minute to go in the second overtime, Sean Woods was taken down in the box, and his fellow captain Charlie Grant got the nod for the P.K.
“I put it where I always put it,” Grant said.
Since there’s the Internet and the second half of the season to be played, we’ll call that the Dick Cheney spot – an undis-closed location. But it was golden and the Gore Rangers charged the field with gusto.
“It was amazing,” Grant said. “I had an adrenaline rush as soon as Sean went down. I got really pumped up. It was real-ly exciting.”
Not only is beating Aspen always a good thing in East Vail – we’re pretty sure it’s a graduation requirement at VMS – but the Gore Rangers hope it’s the start of a big second half. Though the Gore Rangers fell at Coal Ridge, 5-1, Tuesday, VMS likes its chances in its second run through the league.
VMS is 2-4 in the league, but its other win came against Roaring Fork (5-1), which happens to be the 3A Slope’s top team. Making things even more bizarre is that traditional league doormat – the Colorado Rocky Mountain School – would be in the playoffs in third place if the season were to end today, while Hotchkiss, the defending state champion, is near the bottom of the standings.
In regulation against the Skiers, Austin Cerny and Blake Barbour found the back of the net for VMS.