Vail Mountain ends marathon with win
Vail, CO Colorado
EAST VAIL ” Vail Mountain School girls soccer is psyched for next week.
Yes, the Gore Rangers host Vail Christian in the first league game in what will likely be a budding rivalry. But VMS is pumped for three days of practice.
Insert your Allen Iverson joke here.
The Gore Rangers finished a run of six games, one short of half of its league schedule, in 10 days Friday with a 4-0 win over Grand Valley at Bandoni Alumni Field.
“I’m glad we had one extra day,” VMS senior Kaitlin Zdechlik said ” the Gore Rangers and Cardinals were meant to play Thursday, but were snowed out. “We had a nice recovery session in the last two days. It’s nice to have some training days next week finally and then to play Vail Christian and see what we can do.”
And while it’s a taboo to talk of such pedestrian things like wins and losses in East Vail, VMS came out of a busy 10 days with a very nice 4-1-1 record. The Gore Rangers’ lone loss was to Basalt, 3-0, a very respectable result, given that the 3A Slope is the Longhorns’ fiefdom, and picked up a point in a draw with perennially playoff-bound Aspen.
Aside from that, VMS beat the teams it needed to beat in Grand Valley (twice), Rangely and Roaring Fork in order to keep its ambitions of wearing the coveted postseason orange in May in the state playoffs.
But for veterans of VMS Soccer: The Home Game, such calculations are unimportant.
“Most important to us right now is that we have clearly isolated main issues and what we’re so happy about is that we get to practice,” Bandoni said. “We have three training sessions and we’re eager to get to the training pitch. We have our notes. We’ve collected them. There are habits we have to identify in training sessions and try to correct.”
As would be expected, VMS settled matter early with the Cardinals, who are in their first year as a varsity programs with first-half goals from Lynnie Somes, Kelli Lindsay and Claire Jaicks.
Bandoni used the second half as a training session, emphasizing more fluidity between the midfield and strikers as well as creating space for a more deliberate offense. Zdechlik added a tally midway through the final 40 minutes.
Next up for VMS is Vail Christian, which will be starting its own marathon of games. The Saints are at Aspen Monday and host Rangely Tuesday before their visit to East Vail Thursday. Naturally Bandoni is avoiding any talk of a rivalry because the Gore Rangers and Saints do not rise to the level of say, Red Sox-Yankees, which certainly get the coach’s blood boiling.
But VMS’ players like that the Saints are now in the 3A Slope.
“I think we’re pretty excited to play Vail Christian,” Zdechlik said. “We’ve played them the last couple years, but now this really counts. We’re really excited.”
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