VMS pulls out clutch tie at Basalt
The Vail Mountain School beat Basalt, 2-2, Thursday afternoon.
In this case, a tie was as good as a win, as VMS secured no worse than the third of four playoff spots in the 3A Western Slope. And, with that third spot, comes an opportunity to wear postseason orange at home in a state-seeding game later this month.
“Orange is very important to them,” VMS coach Bob Bandoni said. “They want to carry on the tradition, as so many before them have.”
They will. Even if Eagle Valley beats Roaring Fork Saturday, and both teams finish at 5-4-1, Vail Mountain has the tiebreaker by virtue of having a better record against Basalt. VMS is 0-1-1 against the Longhorns, while the Devils went 0-2.
VMS led 1-0 after the first half when Patrick Scanlan scored the first of two on the day. Howdy Tuthill fed him and Scanlan ripped the twine of the right corner.
A defense lapse by VMS allowed Basalt’s Ben Pollack ot break in unmarked and beat VMS goalie Michael Busenhart to tie the game.
VMS took the lead on a corner kick from Duncan Robinson to Scanlan, but Pollack answered again, and, when the dust settled, the Gore Rangers had a very valuable tie.
“We played really well in the first half, and I think we had some good moments in the second half,” Bandoni said. “I think that our defensive marking was a definite issue in the second half. We had lapses, but we were playing a good team. Basalt had multiple opportunities in the second half and Michael Busenhart played a great game.”
Now, it’s scoreboard-watching time for VMS. If Aspen (5-3) loses to the Colorado Rocky Mountain School on Saturday – a longshot – and falls to Basalt – quite likely – the Gore Rangers will take second in league. That means a bye through the state-seeding round and a home game in the first round of the state playoffs.
Either way, break out your orange in East Vail.
Chris Freud is the sports editor for the Vail Daily. Contact him at (970) 949-0555, ext. 614 or by e-mail at email@example.com.