VMS wraps home slate with 3-0 win against Rangely | VailDaily.com

VMS wraps home slate with 3-0 win against Rangely

EAST VAIL – Vail Christian’s Kyle Bruntz made a reputation of beating opposing linemen each fall. Vail Mountain’s Lani Bruntz, Kyle’s younger sister, seems to be doing the same thing to opposing goalies in the spring. Bruntz netted two goals and Morgan Irons added one more as VMS blanked Rangely, 3-0, Saturday at The Igloo.The Igloo may not be The Igloo anymore if VMS has another game on its pitch. The Gore Rangers wrapped their regular season home slate Saturday with the win, and will only return, garbed in the coveted orange, for a a state-seeding game.And for the VMS (4-2-1 in the 3A Slope), a postseason game back at a melted Igloo is a possibility depending on how the Gore Rangers fare in their final five road games, beginning Tuesday at 4 p.m. at Roaring Fork. The Rams and Gore Rangers tied, 1-1, last month at VMS.”We felt as though we were the better team, and we let an opportunity slip by,” VMS coach Bob Bandoni said. “We talked about it today that our next game against Roaring Fork is the most important game of the season. If we can push through Roaring Fork, then we’re set to see if we can knock off one of the top-two teams in our league.”For the record those would be Basalt and Aspen.During VMS’ run of home games, the Gore Rangers have raised their level of play with Bruntz and Karlie Moore in the midfield. The next step has been settling the attacking third with the emergence of Kris Caples and Molly Etters. Those two have allowed the likes of Irons, Chriatiana White and other strikers to finish, VMS’ biggest question mark coming into the season.And backstopping this effort has been the ever-steady Cely Brinkmann in goal. “Our older players are in the position of influencing our younger players,” Bandoni said. “That’s helped our back play better in front of a great goalie. i think we have the bets goalie in the league with Cely.”Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 14630 or cfreud@vaildaily.com.Vail, Colorado

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