VMS, Huskies soccer have good weekend
COLORADO SPRINGS – Vail Mountain’s Patrick Scanlan is having a good weekend.He kicked three extra points for the Battle Mountain football team in its 27-0 win over South Park Friday night.Saturday, he scored a golden goal in VMS’ big 1-0 win over St. Mary’s. If only Scanlan’s beloved Notre Dame could beat BYU late Saturday night, the senior would be in seventh heaven.”It was good for us to leave with a win because we were down three players,” VMS coach Bob Bandoni said. “We shifted a number of players into different positions and the players responded. It was an encouraging illustration of all the players understanding the system.”VMS’ goal came when Sylvan Ellefson made a long run down the right side. He served the ball into the box, while Scanlan made a penetrating run to the far post. The ball and Scanlan arrived at the same time and VMS had its first-ever win over St. Mary’s.It was justice for the Gore Rangers who peppered the Wildcats’ net.”What’s not encouraging was that the intensity of our play put us into numerous positions to score over and over and we didn’t,” Bandoni said. “We’re happy we got out of there with a win, but that exposed a weakness in our play.”Another item that was not encouraging for Bandoni was that his Red Sox blew an opportunity to gain another game on the Yankees in the AL East, but that is neither here nor there.Back to soccer, Bandoni handed out props to goalie Michael Busenhart, who had two huge saves, along with Sebastian Faessler, Max Avery, Ellefson, Zach Lucido and John Spriggs.VMS (1-0) is at Salida on Saturday.Huskies double up PalisadePALISADE – It wasn’t pretty, but three points on the road is always a good thing.Battle Mountain soccer ground its way to a 2-1 win at Palisade Saturday.”It was a gut check, a character test,” Huskies coach David Cope said. “If you’re going to be a good team, you’ve got to leave blood, sweat and tears on a muddy field. You do what you need to do to get through. I think the boys got their first taste of being a highly touted team. Palisade was really gunning for us. So, it was a good victory.”The B and B boys were at it again for Battle Mountain. After Andy Banner, Juan Barragan, and Gustav Bronfield all had chances, Barragan was taken down at the top of the box. Barragan converted top shelf in the 12th minute for a 1-0 lead.Palisade scored in the 31st minute to tie the game going into halftime.”The boys were a bit rattled,” Cope said. “The thing we talked about at halftime was that we wanted to be tested. These situations benefit us in the future. I would say that we had enough scoring chances in the first half to win three games. We talked about being smart and not panicking.”There was no need for panic. In the 43rd minute, Palisade goalie Chris Martin tried to clear the ball from the box, but it went right to Banner, who as Cope said, “Thanks.”Battle Mountain held on to win behind the goalkeeping of Josh Ruark and Joel Gonzales and a gutsy effort by fullback Harrison Brown. He was playing injured and won Unsung Hero honors for his efforts. Man of the Match went to Banner.Battle Mountain, 1-0 in the 4A Slope and 2-0 overall, is at Eagle Valley Thursday at 6 p.m.Chris Freud is the sports editor of the Vail Daily. He can be reached at (970) 949-0555, ext. 614, or firstname.lastname@example.org.