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Vail Mountain blanks Cardinals, 3-0

Chris Freud
Vail, CO Colorado
VMSGS vs Aspen 2 DT 3-19-09

PARACHUTE, Colorado ” Vail Mountain School soccer coach Bob Bandoni used his cell phone Saturday from the road to report a score.

Since most of the people likely to be reading this story are from the Vail Mountain School, we will use this as a learning opportunity. In journalism school, one is taught to lead the story with the most-important and most-interesting item.

And since Bandoni, well, hasn’t used a cell phone or pigeon carrier since the Roosevelt administration (Theodore, that is), that’s your big story on the Gore Rangers athletic front Saturday.

Oh by the way, VMS soccer beat Grand Valley, 3-0, to up its record in the 3A Slope to 2-0-1 in its first trip to Parachute. (And no, we are not going to get anywhere near the Bandoni Guide to Western Slope Travel here.)

On a relatively serious note, in a league where five teams ” Basalt, Aspen, Coal Ridge, VMS and Vail Christian ” appear to be in contention for four postseason spots, the Gore Rangers picked up three points which will sorely be needed in April.

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It was even more critical, given that Saturday’s game was the third for VMS in a stretch of six games in 10 days.

“We scored early and it was 2-0 at halftime,” Bandoni said, using a unique contraption called an iPhone. “We were fortunate that we got to sit out injured players and that is necessary because we play our fourth game in six days on Monday.”

Monday would be a visit from Basalt, which has owned the 3A Slope for forever and a day. Tuesday, the Gore Rangers host Rangely, and if it’s Thursday, it must be Grand Valley … again. All games this week are at Bandoni Alumni iPhone Field at 4 p.m.

This comes after a week which started with Roaring Fork, Aspen and those same Cardinals.

“We talked about everyone contributing and readying themselves to play in perhaps unfamiliar positions and really trying to push through a difficult week,” Bandoni said. “The positive thing about this team is that it’s able to learn within the context of competition. They are not so concerned with the results so as to lose focus on the process, despite playing the number of games we have in a condensed period of time.”

VMS was without the services of Harper Kaufman and Taylor Biegler, and seemed to have no problems against the Cardinals. Lynnie Somes, Kelli Lindsay and Sally Ryerson scored. Goalie Lily Grisafi posted her second shutout in as many games.

Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934 or

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