Vail Mountain downs CRMS; Basalt showdown looms |

Vail Mountain downs CRMS; Basalt showdown looms

EAST VAIL – And now, for the biggest game in the history of the Vail Mountain School girls soccer team … or, at least the biggest until another match comes along next week.

VMS dusted the Colorado Rocky Mountain School, 4-0, Thursday at storied Bandoni Alumni Field to up its 3A Slope record to a sparkling 7-0. And who should be coming to town Saturday for an 11 a.m. tilt, but 6-0 Basalt.

The Longhorns edged Aspen, 2-1, in double overtime Thursday, and thus, Basalt and VMS are the only two teams left in the 3A Slope with perfect league records.

“It’s really exciting. We’re excited to have a strong opponent,” said VMS junior Emily Bandoni, who had her team’s first goal Thursday. “While I’ve been in high school, we haven’t beat them yet. It’s exciting to play them not having lost a game (in league) this season yet.”

For the trivially-inclined, the last time the Gore Rangers beat Basalt was April 27, 2008. Emily’s older sister, Mia, had the equalizer and Molly Etters had the winner in a 5-4 victory down on Highway 82.

“It’s not the type of league where you can know what the opponent’s like, but we always know that the tradition of Basalt soccer is strong,” VMS coach Bob Bandoni said. They’re always a good side.”

The VMS ladies have never won the league crown and a win over Basalt combined with a Coal Ridge defeat of Aspen Saturday would do the trick. If that scenario does not materialize, there is still plenty of soccer to go.

VMS plays Aspen twice next week – Monday at home and Thursday down in Pitkin County – with the latter counting as the league match. Aspen hosts Coal Ridge Saturday and then the Titans host Basalt Thursday as well.

The Gore Rangers put themselves in the right position with an efficient display of soccer. Haley Samuels and Emily Bandoni were particularly precise in distributing the ball wide.

Bandoni and Avery Bellis scored in the first half for VMS (9-2 overall and 7-0 in the Slope). Misha Harrison and Katie Scruggs found the back of the net in the second 40.

CRMS goalie Charinne Counteris was superb for the visitors making several great stops.

“I think they played really well as far as staying on (their) man, and, ultimately, trying to be patient on their defense, and not over-committing,” CRMS coach Amanda Leahy said. “Obviously soccer is 11 players, but a goalie can change the tenor of the game. … Charinne’s been great.”

CRMS is at Rangely Saturday.

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

VMS soccer

CRMS 0 0 – 0

VMS 2 2 – 4

Scoring – Emily Bandoni (27′), Avery Bellis (33′), Misha Harrison (58′), Katie Scruggs (65′)

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