VMS logs e-Z win over Rangely, 3-0
VAIL – It was a case of home, not so sweet home for the Vail Mountain girls soccer Saturday at The Bob against Rangely.After two games on small, bumpy fields in the last week, VMS just wasn’t ready for The Bob’s lovely carpet.”We left the field feeling as though we have a lot of adjustments we have to make on our field,” VMS coach Bob Bandoni said. “It was surprising that we had a harder time on a full field. This field tested our fitness and it tested our discipline in terms of staying within the system.”Nevertheless, VMS came away with a 3-0 win against the Panthers to up their 3A Slope record to 2-0.One Gore Ranger who’s feeling comfortable everywhere from Rangely to Olathe to The Bob and even Mars is Z Warren.
She scored both of VMS’ goals in the first half. Pardon the unwelcome statistical intrusion, but that’s eight goals in the last three games.As a side note, luckily boys soccer’s Sylvan Ellefson does not have a bet this year with Warren on who would score more goals during their respective seasons. Ellefson would already be paying up.Despite the goals, Bandoni sees even more potential in Warren, who’s off to Division II Eckerd College in Florida in the fall.”She’s now ready to go to the next level,” Bandoni said. “The next level is to be learning how to be dangerous without the ball. While she has scored a lot of goals, she’ll learn to play off what I think is an attack that has a lot of potential. “She is going to realize her skills at a more sophisticated local of play.”Lani Bruntz capped the day with a beautiful penalty kick which found the left panel for a 3-0 lead.
One concern for VMS is the integration of the midfield into VMS’s attacking third. If this sounds awfully familiar from the fall season with the boys, you’re not the only one.”It took us a little time in the fall to get used to playing a similar style,” Bandoni said. “It calls for control of all the players. It takes some players some time to get accustomed to the different patterns of the runs and the opportunities that there are.”VMS will have to get up to speed quickly as the meat of its schedule approaches. Perennial league power Basalt comes to The Bob Tuesday at 4 p.m.Just for kicks: Happy birthday to Della Ellich. The VMS goalie celebrated her 16th birthday Saturday with a shutout. … Bandoni had postgame props for Katie Wear in the midfield, Bruntz and Karlie Moore, who made her debut in back Saturday. … Moore is Battle Mountain’s Kyle Moore’s sister.
The elder Moore is Red Sox fanatic and that transitions us to tonight’s season opener between the aforementioned Sox and the Yankees in the Bronx. What say you, Bandoni? “My feeling is that we will sweep New York in New York.” What say you, Freud? “Drug testing at VMS should begin Monday morning.”Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 614 or firstname.lastname@example.org.Vail, Colorado