VMS roars past Rams 4-0
“We just want to work on the VMS style, to continue to progress each game,” VMS senior Andrew Feldman said. “We are continuing to work on possession. I think today was a step forward, however, there was still a lot of kickball and we have to take that into account.”
Or to paraphrase a popular Bandon-ism – Tuesday’s game “was what it was.”
“Where we are in our season still has to be about development and so we said before the game that we have to, at the end of the game, really examine our own own play,” VMS coach Bob Bandoni said. “In examining it, I would tell you that I do not think we are where we need to be. I don’t think we’re at our potential yet.”
Nevertheless, Tuesday’s win provided some highlights including a hat trick from Feldman, Clay Jewett’s second goal in as many games and a few key stops from sophomore keeper Michael Busenhart.
VMS maintained a steady control of the Rams from the start. Minutes after one of his shots clanked off the right post, Feldman started his rampage in the 14th minute. Gaining possession of the ball along the ball along the left endline, the striker moved toward the net. Feldman had Sylvan Ellefson available for a crossing pass. But with Ellefson drawing the Roaring Fork keeper out, Feldman had an opening on the left side of the net and took it.
“He’s dangerous up front and what that does, of course, is it keeps the other team’s back players preoccupied with him,” Bandoni said. “That makes our center midfielders and our outside players that much more effective.”
Jewett would be one of those outside players. He struck five minutes into the second half from just outside the top, left corner of the box.
“There was a mess of people and I was considering crossing it to Andrew and then I saw and opening,” Jewett said. “I took the easy chip over and it went in.”
“Clay Jewett again. What a nice goal and two games in a row,” Bandoni said. “He was calm and it was a really well-struck ball.”
Feldman did the rest of the damage from there. He got credit for the Gore Rangers’ third goal when he fired a cross into the Rams’ box and it deflected off the a Roaring Fork defender and into the net.
Feldman’s final goal was of a more conventional nature. He cut in on a breakaway and drilled a laser top shelf for the second hat trick of his career.
“It feels good,” Feldman said. “I think we continue to work on possession. Dane (Jacobs)’s doing a great job in the midfield and I think it’s giving us more possession up front.”
Dane Jacobs, along with Patrick Scanlan, helped the play in the middle, but fullback Duncan Robinson likely got Bandoni’s unsung hero award on Tuesday.
“He’s gone to another level,” said Bandoni, uncharacteristically using a cliche. “He’s been calm. He’s been willing to step up into the attack. He has a lot of confidence in Patrick and Dane in the middle. So he steps up.”
VMS (2-0 in league, 2-1 overall) hosts the Colorado Rocky Mountain School on Thursday at 4 p.m.
Just for kicks: Chalk talk: Look for VMS to try to slow down the tempo against the Oysters Thursday. “Primarily, where it breaks down is the speed of play,” Bandoni said. “I think we’re playing much too directly. What’s happening is that we don’t get support from our central midfielders because we’re playing too directly. I’d rather see us play more diagonals. I would like the target players to knock the ball back and to play some laterally just to give us time to get some players into the attack. That’s going to be a tough concept to work on, but it’s really going to have to be our focus.” … Busenhart played the majority in net, but Ben Cope replaced him in the second half.
Chris Freud is a sports writer for the Vail Daily. Contact him at (970) 949-0555, ext. 614 or email@example.com.