Aggressive Vail Mountain School holds off Colorado Rocky Mountain School |

Aggressive Vail Mountain School holds off Colorado Rocky Mountain School

Anthony Dion
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Kelley Cox Post Independent

CARBONDALE, Colorado ” Tony Ryerson and Cole Graskamp scored two goals apiece Monday, as Vail Mountain School cruised to a 5-2 win over Colorado Rocky Mountain School.

With the 2008 regular season winding down for both teams, Vail Mountain perhaps took one step closer to postseason play with the victory.

“We played integrated in all aspects of our system,” Vail Mountain head coach Bob Bandoni said afterwards. “Our backs played well with our midfield and connected well with our strikers … the balance of our attack was consistent on both sides of the field.”

On the other hand, it was yet another loss for a CRMS team that has struggled through their 2008 campaign. Things didn’t get any better when they learned last week that all of their previous games were forfeit because they had been playing with an ineligible player.

“Good … for a small portion of the game,” Pittz answered when asked about his team’s play. “We’ll say good for a 15-, 20-minute spell. Too bad the game was 80 minutes long.”

The aggressive attack from the Gore Rangers began early and continued through the better of the second half until the game was well out of reach. VMS striker Graskamp leaked out from the Oysters defense, hauled in a long pass and beat the Oysters’ keeper in the 12th minute.

The two teams battled for possession for the better part of the half after the goal, each keeper coming up with some crucial saves to keep their team energized. It wasn’t until the 32nd minute when the Gore Rangers found themselves with yet another excellent breakaway chance to take advantage of, this time Ryerson did the honors, giving his team a 2-0 lead.

Just five minutes later, Carder Lamb scored from just inside midfield on a shot that snuck into the top left corner of the net to give VMS a 3-0 halftime lead.

As the second half opened, it became clear early on that the play would remain aggressive with each team sacrificing a bit of defense to get some quality scoring chances.

Ryerson notched his second goal of the game in the 49th minute when he cleaned up a rebound, giving his team a 4-0 lead that was simply too much for CRMS to overcome.

Though, the Oysters tried valiantly. They finally cracked the scoreboard in the 54th minute when Steve Roh beat Vail Mountain keeper Sean Minett. The goal was followed up by a corner kick goal nine minutes later from Noah Johns but by then the score was 5-2 and there just wasn’t enough time left for the Oysters.

“They’ve had our number now for the past few years,” revealed CRMS head coach Dan Pittz in regards to the challenges that VMS presents. “They have a pretty creative offensive scheme, I think. If we’re having an off day marking and were not really attentive and focused they can pick us apart pretty good with their runs up front.”

With the win, Vail Mountain moves closer to Aspen for third place in the 3A Western Slope League (District 7), its postseason fate still hanging in the balance. Coach Bandoni wants his team to remain focused on the task at hand.

“We have Roaring Fork next and we need to win that game,” Bandoni said simply. “Nothing has been set yet.”

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