VMS rallies at Paonia for win
But the Vail Mountain School soccer team got a dose of it in the first half of its inaugural meeting with Paonia Tuesday afternoon.
“We were challenged by facing the first team that played us almost blindly directly,” VMS coach Bob Bandoni said. “The reason why it was a challenge for us in the first half was that it tended to split us defensively and in terms of our attack so that our midfielders were having a hard time staying with the team either out of the back defensively or on the attack.”
The Gore Rangers adjusted accordingly in the second half and it was the midfielders who erased a 3-2 deficit. Patrick Scanlan had the equalizer and Dane Jacobs put in the game-winner in a 4-3 victory over the Eagles.
Let there be much rejoicing throughout the land as VMS moved to 5-1 in the 3A Slope.
Under the category of the sun rising in the east, Andrew Feldman started things for the Gore Rangers with a goal for a 1-0 lead. Under the category of the sun setting in the west, Feldman scored another goal to tie it at two late in the first half.
In the second half, down 3-2, Duncan Robinson advanced the ball to Scanlan. After a nice preparatory touch, Scanlan rocketed his shot into the upper right corner for a 3-3 tie.
Robinson also assisted on the game-winner with one minute left, feeding Jacobs for the header, again to the top right corner.
“We were pleased in that we had more opportunities from our flanks, which we have been emphasizing in training,” Bandoni said. “With the goals scored from our midfield, that too was reflective of our training. In that way, we view the whole experience as being successful.”
VMS heads to Roaring Fork Saturday for a 4 p.m. tilt. The Gore Rangers won the first meeting of the season in East Vail 4-0 earlier this month. Look for continued tinkering, though, from VMS.
“The nature of our program, in part, this year is that we are still focusing on our repertoire,” Bandoni said. “We are getting to the point where we need to focus on our transition play. We’re still slow in our transition from our attack to our defense. We haven’t been punished by our opponents there and we need to create as much pressure in that phase of the game as we can in training to address that.”
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Jeff Shiffrin, with his wife, Eileen, made the Vail area their home decades ago, and together raised Mikaela and Taylor Shiffrin, who was a member of the two-time NCAA Champion University of Denver Ski Team.