Vail Mountain fights hard in 4-1 playoff loss
WESTMINSTER – The Vail Mountain School girls soccer team struggled to convert opportunities against a tough opponent Wednesday, falling 4-1 to the Academy in the first round of the state playoffs.
The 26th-ranked Gore Rangers tied the game at 1-1 midway through the first half with a goal by Maggie Sherman. But the Academy pulled ahead late in the first half and didn’t allow Vail Mountain to score again.
“We had missed some really prime opportunities to get back into the game, even by halftime,” said Vail Mountain School coach Bob Bandoni. “In the second half, we still had the opportunities, and we just couldn’t bury it. Including open nets, point blank. We just couldn’t do it.”
But playing a tight game with one of the best teams in the state gives the team a lot of confidence, Bandoni said.
“We stayed disciplined the whole game, and it was a really competitive match,” Bandoni said.
Sherman, the junior captain, scored on a cross from her sister, Amy. She said she was really proud of the way her teammates performed.
“I thought we played one of the best games we’ve ever played,” Sherman said. “We definitely played the hardest team we’ve played all year.”
Sherman said it was an “incredible feeling” to wear the orange uniforms that Vail Mountain traditionally breaks out for the playoffs.
Vail Mountain finished the year 8-5-1 in league play. It also lost one nonleague game as well as the game Wednesday.
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