VMS chalks up win against CRMS
EAST VAIL ” If you had a nickel for every time Vail Mountain coach Bob Bandoni has praised the continuing improvement of his team’s midfield play this year, the Gore Rangers could add an new wing to their new campus.
Team Synergy appears to be getting its synergy, thanks to midfielders Karlie Moore and Lani Bruntz, and the latest evidence was Thursday’s 3-0 win over CRMS at The Igloo.
“The possession now is at whole other level,” Bandoni said. “Karlie and Lani are giving us such nice transition from our backs to our forwards. Our backs are much more composed. They’re figuring it out what it means to be attacking players from the back. Our front players are much more integrated with the team.”
Thursday’s beneficiaries were Morgan Irons, who scored twice, and Christian White who rang up her first high school goal as the Gore Rangers improved to 3-2-1 in the 3A Slope, while the Oysters fell to 1-1.
“This was our second game (of the season), and the second half was infinitely better than the first half,” CRMS coach A.O. Forbes said. “We were just trying to keep things simple and consistent and move and not to be too intimidated. They’re good. They’ve got skills, and we’re embryonic in our evolution.”
A tweak in style
VMS has changed up its style a little bit in its last few games. Never fear, the basics are still in place ” back line to the forwards to the midfield and out wide, while getting chalk on the boots. But the Gore Rangers are incorporating Kris Caples into the flow, and are reaping the benefits.
“I think Kris Caples is doing a lot for us up front,” Bandoni said. “We’ve changed our style a little bit. Our style is to try to play into her feet. She’s giving us a nice target there and then we’ve got runs off of her.”
VMS had runs aplenty in the first half and finally cashed in during the 39th minute.
“Their defense was kind of breaking up,” Irons said. “Christiana gave it to me on a wall pass and it just kicked it with my left foot, so it was really cool.”
Even cooler was Irons’ second which Bandoni praised as “World Cup.” In the Bandonese dictionary, that form of adulation is only surpassed by phrases such as “Yastrzremski-like” or “Schilling-esque.”
White iced it with on a set play late in the second half.
“We had a corner kick first and we just barely missed it with Kenzie (Grant)’s shot right over the post,” White said. “Then, Morgan Irons took the second corner, and it was a perfect ball. It came right to me and I got it with my knee right over the goalie’s head. I thought, ‘That could go in.'”
VMS hosts Rangely in its final home game of the season Saturday at 11 a.m., while CRMS has Olathe in Carbondale at 1 p.m.
Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 14630 or email@example.com.
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