VMS earns tie | VailDaily.com

VMS earns tie

PAONIA – A mysterious call gave the Paonia Eagles a penalty kick and a 1-0 lead in the first five minutes of action in their 3A Slope tilt with the Vail Mountain School Saturday.Then, the Gore Rangers John Spriggs provided the equalizer in the last five minutes of play with a diving header coming off a corner kick to lock up a 1-1 tie. The PK came from a blown whistle in the VMS goal box, of which coach Bob Bandoni said he never saw the foul.”It was kind of a mysterious call,” Bandoni said. “We’re not quite sure (what happened). It was called in the box and nobody was down. Nobody was on the ground. It was a almost like nothing happened.”The header for Vail Mountain’s goal was a beautiful play in which Spriggs managed to connect with a Casey Kleisinger cross after getting behind two Eagles players who were making a near post run. The goal was overshadowed, however, by a number of other missed prime scoring opportunities in a game that Bandoni felt his team could have won.”We were down 1-0 but we were pretty confident throughout the game,” Bandoni said. “We had multiple scoring opportunities and we just couldn’t score.”A couple of VMS shots banged off the opposing team’s goal posts while still more were just a bit off target. Bandoni didn’t feel that the one-goal performance was indicative of anything, though, after a 6-goal performance against Roaring Fork Tuesday and a 3-goal outing at CRMS Thursday.”I’m real encouraged by the way we’re playing,” Bandoni said. “Our back line is playing wider and better than we’ve ever played and our forwards are becoming more dangerous. I’m concerned with some of the discipline in the midfield, in terms of the expectation of organization in the midfield, but that’s an area that we hope to address this week.With the tie, VMS improved to 2-0-1 in league and 3-1-1 overall.The Gore Rangers next play at home against CRMS on Thursday at 4 p.m.Contact Nate Peterson at 949-0555, ext. 608, or via e-mail at npeterson@vaildaily.comVail Colorado

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