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Vail Mountain School stops Crusaders, 3-1

Vail Mountain's Liam Hurley (10) weaves his way through Denver Christian's defense on his way to scoring the Gore Rangers' second goal of their game against the Crusaders on Friday at East Vail's Bandoni Alumni Field. The Gore Rangers defeated Denver Christian, 3-1.
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EAST VAIL — It is the third game of the season, so it shouldn’t be that big of a deal. But then again, it is kind of a big deal.

Vail Mountain School boys soccer won its home opener on Friday afternoon over Denver Christian, 3-1, at venerable Bandoni Alumni Field.

“It’s a nonconference game against a quality opponent,” Gore Rangers coach Pete Petrovski said. “We hope to compete with all the teams we face around the state. I felt like the boys played well, but it wasn’t our best effort. We’re pretty happy about it.”

Petrovski is one of the few people left in the United States who isn’t running for president, but that’s a political answer. Denver Christian eliminated VMS from the state quarterfinals last season, 4-3, in overtime. There’s also the fact that the VMS boys have never beaten these same Crusaders.

Ergo, that’s a pretty big win, be it only the third game of the season.

Making Magic Happen

Peter Ferraro got it going with the first goal. He was making magic with Kevin Garcia. The sequence came from the right side with Garcia getting the ball at the top of the box. Garcia showed some maturity, waiting there, giving Ferraro time to make his run. They connected and Ferraro slammed it home.

VMS’ second goal involved most of the team, and quite possibly some of middle and lower school, so here we go. Thomas Singleton started it all with a through ball to the left side and Eric Zdechlik. He sent it back to Owen Salamunovich, who flicked it over Dylan Cunningham. Master Cunningham slotted it to Liam Hurley, who faked one way and then obliterated his shot into the corner. (You will be quizzed on this sequence later.)

Man of the Match

That was just the beginning for Hurley. He scored some insurance in the second half. More importantly, Petrovski called him the Man of the Match for the Gore Rangers.

In back, VMS was juggling without the services of Dylan Hardenbergh (sore ankle). That meant Michael Resnick was filling in at outside back along with Max Bervy, and they passed their test with flying colors in front of goalie Hunter Meier.

VMS (2-1) heads to Aspen on Tuesday for a nonconference game against a conference foe. The 3A Slope game will be on Oct. 6 at The Bob.

Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934, cfreud@vaildaily.com and @cfreud.