Vail Mountain, Coal Ridge play to draw |

Vail Mountain, Coal Ridge play to draw

Joelle Milholm
Vail, CO Colorado

PEACH VALLEY, Colorado ” Just when it looked like Vail Mountain School was going to leave Coal Ridge with a 1-0 victory Thursday, Titan sophomore Sydney Wright struck for Coal Ridge to tie the game with two minutes left in regulation.

After each team had its chances in overtime, the 3A Slope battle ended in a 1-1 tie in a game that went from sunny to snowy and everything between.

“It was a nice combination of high tempo, aggressive, and I thought, good soccer. It was fun to watch,” Vail Mountain head coach Bob Bandoni said. “Both teams are probably feeling the same emotion right now; nobody wants to walk away with a tie, but I am proud of our girls.”

Toward the end of regulation, Coal Ridge started adjusting better to conditions and head coach Brian Blair thought his team was passing better. The Titans started creating chances and were putting lots of pressure on the Gore Rangers’ goal. That’s when Wright found the back of the net.

“I thought that at the end of the game we really started to play. We had the momentum,” Blair said. “It was a deserving goal; it wasn’t like we got pushed in our end all game and then got lucky. We started to build our offense.”

Outside of great defense by both teams, goalkeeping was also key in the game. Coal Ridge’s Tori Verdieck made 13 saves, including a diving deflection 15 minutes into the game. For Vail Mountain, Elsie Macsata made 11 saves, two of which came in OT.

“I thought both keepers played really well,” Bandoni said. “I thought it was a good representation of Class 3A high school soccer. I thought it was well-played by both teams.”

Vail Mountain hosts Rangely today at the Gypsum Sports Complex at 2 p.m.

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