VMS soccer nearly upsets Faith Christian
If the Faith Christian soccer team was expecting a cupcake opponent in the form of the Vail Mountain School in Round 1 Saturday of the state 3A soccer playoffs, boy, were the Eagles mistaken.
The No. 16 Gore Rangers gave No. 1 Faith Christian all it could handle and more, before the Eagles’ Eric Bushaw scored in the fourth minute of sudden-death overtime for a hard-fought 1-0 win.
“We really played with tremendous focus and it was a unified effort,” said a very proud VMS coach Bob Bandoni. “We played with one mind. Everybody knew their roles. We had great leadership from Tyler Kjesbo and Duncan Robinson. Michael Busenhart played well in goal. Everyone played their hearts out. It was a valiant effort.”
VMS’ best opportunity likely came in the first half when Sylvan Ellefson broke into the Eagles’ end. He got off a shot from a tough angle, but it was blocked.
VMS’ tremendous effort did not go unnoticed. The orange-clad faithful made themselves heard all afternoon.
“The fans were great,” Bandoni said. “I think we had more fans than they did. There was brilliant orange in the stands. They had the wave going. It was really a classic chapter in the history of Vail Mountain School soccer.”
VMS finishes the season 6-8-1.
Huskies spikers just miss districts
Battle Mountain volleyball came within one game of making regionals at Saturday’s 4A District 7 Volleyball Tournament at Windsor.
The Huskies went 1-2 Saturday, losing a tight game to Skyline in the final game of the round-robin.
“I think the group improved all year,” Huskies coach Brian Doyon said. “They played great volleyball. It’s the small things over the years which will improve this team. It’s the little things that come from not having a consistent program. The little things would have made a big difference in the close games we played.”
Battle Mountain started the tournament on a bright note, beating Ranum 25-16, 25-16, 25-17. The Huskies then ran into a buzzsaw against the tournament’s No. 1-seed Windsor, losing in three games. The Huskies had a shot at regionals, but fell to Skyline in three, closely fought games – 25-20, 25-22, 25-21.
Saturday marked the final game for seniors Maggie Sheahan, Skylar Hand, Jodi Fleischman and Amy Oliver.
The Huskies finished the season at 9-13.
Chris Freud is the sports editor for the Vail Daily. Contact him at (970) 949-0555, ext. 614 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.