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VMS, Devils lose league openers

The Vail Mountain School had plenty of good opportunities Saturday, but couldn’t convert in a 3-1 loss at Aspen.

The good news is that the Boston Red Sox beat the hated – at least, in VMS coach Bob Bandoni’s world – Yankees, 11-0, and Notre Dame beat Washington State 29-26.

All was not lost.

As for the soccer game itself, VMS made some progress in its goals of solidifying the back third and producing scoring opportunities.

“We achieved the objective of producing opportunities, but what we didn’t do is finish,” said Bandoni, who was still in shock that Sox starter Tim Wakefield went seven innings Saturday. “Another objective of our play was was for our defensive third to integrate itself into the middle on the attack and they did that well.

“What we have now is that we’re attacking too far behind. We’re playing long ball when we shouldn’t. Our back third should be stepping back, while the middle third needs to integrate with the front third. That’s going to take some evolution.”

Evolving did come in the form of a beautiful header from Tyler Kjesbo on a nice cross from Casey Kleisinger for VMS’ lone goal Saturday.

VMS is next in action Tuesday at 4 p.m., in the first regular-season game to be played on the school’s new field, vs. Roaring Fork.

Basalt boots Eagle Valley 3-1

Eagle Valley soccer took a 1-0 first-half lead, but Basalt proved why it’s the defending 3A Slope champion, rallying with three second-half goals for a 3-1 win Saturday.

The Devils (3-2 overall and 0-1 in league) will get another shot at the Longhorns, Sept. 25 at the Eagle County Fairgrounds.

“What I take out of it is that we need to position ourselves better,” Devils coach Brian Large said. “They had a lot of control in the midfield. When we play them again, maybe we’ll play in a different formation.”

Eagle Valley’s goal came from Diego Sanchez on an assist from Paige Mickley.

“It was a measuring-stick game and we were tested,” Large said. We played pretty well. We created a lot of opportunities and we just weren’t able to capitalize. I’d like to see us play with a little more possession.”

Eagle Valley’s next game is Tuesday at Aspen at 4 p.m.

Chris Freud is the sports editor for the Vail Daily. Contact him at (970) 949-0555, ext. 614 or by e-mail at cfreud@vaildaily.com.

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