Aspen soccer outlasts Vail Mountain
Aspen, CO Colorado
EAST VAIL, Colo. – If you want to play soccer for the Vail Mountain School, now’s the time.
If you can’t joke about it, you’d be crying.
VMS lost to more players to what may be season-ending injuries in a 1-0 loss to Aspen Saturday. Kelsey Samuels left Saturday’s match with a knee injury while Katie Scruggs went out with a bad ankle.
Despite the thinning ranks, VMS managed three solid scoring chances in the second half.
“Our girls continued to play hard,” VMS coach Bob Bandoni said. “They don’t back down. They don’t get discouraged during the game. They are playing principled soccer, but when you lose so many players, it manifests itself in the final third.”
With all the adversity, VMS (5-4-1 in the 3A Slope) can still make the playoffs and wear the coveted orange. The Gore Rangers will have a busy week with four games. Monday is Vail Christian and Tuesday is Rangely. Both are at The Bob. VMS plays Coal Ridge on both Thursday and Friday.
Aspen visits Roaring Fork at 4 p.m. Monday, then hosts Rangely at 3 p.m. Wednesday.
Mikaela Shiffrin did a lot of soul searching after she didn’t win a medal and didn’t finish three of her five individual races at last year’s Beijing Olympics after entering the games amid enormous expectations.