Vail Mountain takes down Olate, 4-0 |

Vail Mountain takes down Olate, 4-0

Ian Cropp

OLATHE – It was all Vail Mountain all over the field during Tuesday’s soccer game in Olathe. The Gore Rangers used a hat trick from Karlie Moore and a goal from Lani Bruntz to blank the Pirates, 4-0.”We just controlled the match from the first whistle,” said Vail Mountain coach Bob Bandoni. “We couldn’t score easily at first. It took a little time to get our rhythm working.”Once Moore netted her first goal, it seemed like everything she touched was bound for the net, or at least some part of the goal.”She hit a knuckle ball from about 25 yards outside the box. Just crushed it. It (hit the crossbar and) pinged back to about the 18 (yard box),” Bandoni said. “It was quite impressive.”Vail Mountain had plenty of offensive chances all game, and the score didn’t reveal the extent to which the Gore Rangers dominated.”We didn’t score as much as I thought we would,” Bandoni said.The Pirates didn’t have much of a chance to test Vail Mountain’s goalie, Cely Brinkmann.”It was a balanced effort on both sides of the ball for us,” Bandoni said. “They may have only had two corner kicks.”Bandoni was pleased with the way his midfielders performed.”Kris Caples is really providing good tactical leadership on the field,” Bandoni said. “Molly and Lani are really seeing the game better without the ball, making much more effective penetrating runs.”A full squadFrom the beginning of the season, the Gore Rangers haven’t been at full strength. Tuesday’s game was no exception. The freshman were in Mexico on school trip, Lindsay Wright is out for the season with an injury and Kelsey Peck played with a broken wrist once again.Oh, and next week, many players have things other than soccer to worry about.”We may be more concerned with preparing for AP exams,” Bandoni said. “Some of these kids are taking four exams.”Tuesday, the Gore Rangers head to Aspen to cap off their regular season.”It seems like it will be a good litmus test for us,” Bandoni said. “(Aspen) is putting together a strong run. It gives us an opportunity before the postseason to play a strong side.”Sports Writer Ian Cropp can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 14631, or, Colorado

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