Vail Mountain tops Roaring Fork |

Vail Mountain tops Roaring Fork

CARBONDALE – The Vail Mountain School girls soccer team came from behind to defeat Roaring Fork, 2-1, in Carbondale Tuesday under variegated skies.

OK, that last part came courtesy of VMS coach Bob Bandoni, who had some time on his hands to brush up on his SAT vocabulary, while sitting out a one-game suspension from a red card in a game last month against Grand Valley.

Variegated, according to Webster’s, means having discrete markings of different color, if you’re wondering. On a more important note, the Gore Rangers rallied from a 1-0 deficit. Misha Harrison scored her first goal of the season for the equalizer. Late in the first half, Kelsey Samuels smacked a left-footer into the back of the Rams’ net to even VMS’s record at 3-3 in the Western Slope.

“We are trying to climb back into contention, to challenge a little bit those teams in the top spots,” Bandoni said. “I think we took a positive step in that direction.”

Bandoni returns to sidelines – assistant coach Charry Morris was coaching the team Tuesday – on Saturday when the Gore Rangers host Basalt.

Palisade 5, Eagle Valley 0

PALISADE – The Eagle Valley girls had a tough start, but a good finish Tuesday at Palisade in a 5-0 loss.

The host Bulldogs, who are a surprise contender in the Slope title hunt, dictated early in building a 4-0 first-half lead. The Devils, though, settled into their game and played well in the second half.

“What was good for the team is that they dealt with the cold weather and competed with a good team,” Eagle Valley coach Francois Nanin said. “They know they can compete with anyone in the league. The positive was the way they played the second half. They finished the game well passing and controlling the ball.”

Eagle Valley is at Rifle Saturday.

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