Vail Mountain soccer falls in quarterfinals
Prospect Ridge wins in 2OT
It always hurts in the end.
Maybe it stings a little more with an overtime loss in the Class 3A quarters.
Vail Mountain School soccer saw its season come to an end with a not-so golden goal in double overtime in a 5-4 loss to Prospect Ridge Academy in Broomfield.
“We are still absorbing this,” Vail Mountain School coach Bob Bandoni said. “This was a special season, more than anyone could have asked. Everyone in our small group of 22 players rose to the occasion and were really good teammates. Our senior leadership was everything we could ask for and contributed to getting us this far. I’m speaking in fluent cliche.”
The coach may be allowed the oral faux pas, but the reasons things are trite is that they are also true.
After a 5-1 start to the regular season, Vail Mountain lost six of its next seven. Having lost their way, the Gore Rangers finally found their identity during the final week of the season which included an overtime win over the Dawson School. (By the way, Dawson advanced to the 2A title game on Wednesday,)
There have been more talented Vail Mountain School soccer teams — there are two 2A state-title trophies on campus in East Vail that testify to the fact — but there has rarely been a team in the school’s illustrious history that came together as the 2019 Gore Rangers did.
“Our trajectory in the last three weeks of the season is what brought that deeper meaning to the experience,” Bandoni said.
Both No. 21 Vail Mountain and No. 12 Prospect Ridge Academy blew up the bracket this spring and had a free for all on Wednesday
Gaby Gish got the Gore Rangers on the board before Marley Chappel went off for her hat trick. The Miners — the first team not named the Eagles that VMS has faced in the playoffs — took a 4-3 lead before Chappel had her third in stoppage time.
This was the second game in a row the Gore Rangers scored in the dying seconds, a testament to their perseverance. Lamar Campbell did the honors in a 4-3 win against the Stargate School in Round 2.
VMS, which finishes 10-8, had a golden chance during the first overtime, but it was not to be and the Miners scored in the second extra frame.
The 3A Final Four will surprisingly be an all-Metro League affair with Colorado Academy facing Prospect Ridge in the first semifinal and Jefferson Academy and Kent Denver in the second.