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VMS girls soccer earns first win of the season

Chris Freud

Vail Mountain School girls soccer Bob Bandoni said the S-word after his team’s game at the Colorado Rocky Mountain School.

Of course, the eloquent Bandoni didn’t say THAT S-word.

“This was the best we played all season and it really reflected all the work we did during the last few days which was mostly looking for easy possession on the field,” Bandoni said.

“We went without three players due to injury and we incorporated a lot of young players and they played really principled soccer. The S-word comes to mind.”

And the S-word in Vail Mountain-ese can be system or synergy and when the Gore Rangers have their system and their synergy, well, good things happen. VMS used those two elements to win its first game of the season Thursday, a 2-1 comeback victory over the Oysters.

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VMS fell behind CRMS 1-0, but bounced back when Z Warren stripped an Oysters defender and went in and ripped the twine. Lauren Mutter got the game-winner on a beautiful shot from the left side.

“It was from a fairly severe angle,” Bandoni said. “She picked up her head, saw a slot and hit a nice shot.”

As always in the cosmic soup that is the VMS soccer experience, wins and losses are impostors – VMS is 1-2 in the 3A Slope and 1-3 overall – but Bandoni was pleased with how his team rallied itself.

“It was a matter of how the older players really allowed the younger players to play with less inhibition,” Bandoni said. That demonstrated leadership on their part and the younger players responded with a lot of growth and courage.”

VMS takes on Eagle Valley Tuesday at 4 p.m. at the Eagle County Fairgrounds.

In the meantime, it should be noted that the only time Bandoni would say anything close to resembling the actual S-word would be in reference to a certain American League team based in New York, but that’s for a another – and much longer – day.

Huskies drop a pair to Moffat

Battle Mountain baseball was competitive in its league-opening twinbill Thursday, falling to Moffat County, 12-8 and 17-10, at the Eagle County Fairgrounds.

Battle Mountain (3-2 overall) has two games at Palisade on Saturday.

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