Men’s Soccer Recap

Thomas Turilli

The Vail Mountain School soccer organization was able to create not only a successful win-loss record and deep playoff run but, also a family. The team has battled many many bumps in the road including, coaches getting COVID, games getting canceled, injuries, and playing 4a teams consistently throughout the season. VMS is naturally a 2a school but plays in the 3a division. This unique year brought new rivalries between new 4a schools such as Summit, Eagle Valley, and, Battle mountain. Even though the divisions showed a clear advantage in skill towards the 4a schools, VMS refused to submit. At the beginning of the season, the team tied summit 0-0, lost to eagle valley 1-0 in double overtime, and a 2-1 loss to the battle mountain, and 2-2 tie to steamboat. The rematches later in the season proved the improvement, hard work, and dedication that the team showed. VMS defeated summit 1-0 and defeated eagle valley 2-1 and 1-0 win against steamboat.

The first playoff game took place at VMS’ home field against St. Mary’s high school from Colorado Springs. Goals from Nick Kirwood and Austin Morris made a final score of 2-1 advancing the Gore rangers to the next round of the playoffs.

The second playoff game once again took place at VMS’s Bandoni Alumni Field against DSST: College View’s Wolves. This intense game went a full 120 minutes including overtime with no goals scored. Moving on to penalty kicks to decide the game three athletes from the VMS soccer team Sebastian Kohlhofer, Nolan Kim, and Jack Schwartz all scored their respected PKs. The real hero to this story however is goalkeeper Mason Geller. Mason played with a broken hand for 120 minutes of regulation and, by saving two of the three aponenets’ PK shots, Mason allowed for VMS to once again advance further into the playoffs.

The Quarterfinals were an away game at number one seed Jefferson Academy’s home field. Though 2 plus hours away from home, there was amazing support and presence from VMS students at the game. However, through the 90-minute game, VMS was scored three times and was unable to respond.

After a 3-0 quarterfinals loss to Jefferson academy, captain Connor Proventure said, “when I look around this circle I don’t just see teammates. I see my brothers, my family”. This quote perfectly represents the community that was built throughout the season. Through intense sprints, snowy and cold practices, long entertaining bus rides, meals after games, and huddles before and after every game and practice, a group of guys formed incredibly strong connections that will have a hard time ever fading. And while the loss that ended our season is still fresh in many of our minds, the love built by the 2021-2022 VMS soccer team will continue to outlast the unfortunate ending to the season.