Vail Mountain (Go BoSox) boots Aspen, 5-1
Oh, happy day in East Vail.
Both of VMS coach Bob Bandoni’s teams did well.
The Boston Red Sox clinched the American League wild card and the Vail Mountain School thrashed Aspen, 5-1, in a key 3A Slope game, behind four goals from Sylvan Ellefson.
“It feels great to score four goals,” Ellefson said. “I couldn’t have done it without the team. The defense was in on it, moving the ball to the midfielders and the midfielders were working with the forwards. So, it was definitely a complete, team effort.”
“We played really well with much cleaner possession,” Bandoni said. “The pace of play was much faster and we played at a higher level of athleticism. We were much more unified as a team.”
And, with the win, VMS moves to 3-3 in league, and a step closer to a possible state playoff berth.
Aspen actually scored first to take an early lead, but, from there, it was all VMS. Patrick Scanlan got things going on a nifty passing connection from teammates, Jake Utzig and Howdy Tuthill. Scanlan’s shot found the right corner to tie the game.
Ellefson began his rampage when Tuthill, who had three assists, tapped the ball at the 18. From there, Ellefson just needed a quick one-touch for the goal. Up 2-1, Tuthill found Ellefson and he dribbled around the goalie to get the empty-netter.
Then came the highlight-reel goal. Late in the first half, Coulter Somes made an incredible run down the right side and made an equally outstanding cross to Ellefson, who headed it to the far post.
“Coulter, I don’t know how he made that pass,” Ellefson said in admiration.
“That was a world-class goal,” the normally-reserved Bandoni said.
Ellefson finished off the scoring with a 22-yarder in the early minutes of the second half.
VMS did all this without the services of Max Avery, who was in the hospital with a virus, and the limited services of Tyler Kjesbo, whose hamstring is still bothering him.
As for the Red Sox, well, Bandoni remains ever buoyant.
“There is a certain destiny that we will go toe-to-toe with the Yankees,” Bandoni said. “I feel if we can get through a five-game series (vs. Oakland), and make sure that Pedro (Martinez) pitches only once, we’ll be rested up and ready to put on a clinic for the Yankees.”
In the meantime, VMS hopes to do the same at Roaring Fork on Saturday at 1 p.m.
Huskies spikers fall to Palisade
It was a tough night for Battle Mountain volleyball as the Huskies fell in straight sets, 25-11, 26-24, 25-9, at Palisade
“We had a lot of errors,” Huskies coach Brian Doyon said. “Our serving was OK, but poor hitting and passing put us in a hole, which we couldn’t get out of. Palisade’s stepped up their play, and, unfortunately, we didn’t play as well as we did against them earlier in the season.”
Battle Mountain, 4-3 in the 4A Slope and 7-6 overall, heads to Moffat County Saturday for a 1 p.m., match.
Chris Freud is the sports editor for the Vail Daily. Contact him at (970) 949-0555, ext. 614 or by e-mail at email@example.com.