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Rams top Bears in first matchup

The Roaring Fork Rams got a hat trick from junior Camilla Wikum and some deft ball handling and passing from freshman Emily Broadhurst as they opened their soccer season in style with a 5-0 road win over the Rifle Bears at Rifle High School Tuesday evening.

Despite it being the first game on his team's spring schedule, Roaring Fork Head Coach Nick Forbes was pleased with how his group of Rams jumped out of the starting gates.

"We're very young, but we do have a nice mix of experience on this squad and some very skilled freshmen and sophomores," Forbes said. "We have some awesome people on this team, and they have been working super hard. It showed tonight."

The Rams' dominance in the game was on display early as the ball stayed on the Rifle end of the field for much of the first half of play. After a couple of near misses by Wikum, Broadhurst got Roaring Fork on the scoreboard as she slid the ball into the left corner of the net past Rifle goalkeeper Karly Ruiz at the 27:44 mark of the first half.

The Bears did try to answer that initial Roaring Fork goal as Rifle's Jessica Bracamontes' corner shot was deflected wide by Ram goalie Odalis Corcuora, keeping the score at 1-0. But it was Wikum adding to the Roaring Fork margin with 5:44 showing on the clock when she took a pass from Broadhurst for a point blank score to increase the Rams' lead to 2-0 at intermission.

Lux Andrade, a sophomore, got into the scoring act for the Rams with just over 10 minutes gone in the second half. Andrade floated a long, sailing shot over the outstretched arms of Ruiz and into the net as Roaring Fork refused to back off of their hard-charging style.

With 17:33 showing on the clock, Rifle's Adamarys Nagaya almost got the home team on the board as she stroked a near-perfect shot straight on at the Roaring Fork goal. Unfortunately for the Bears, the shot hit the crossbar before bouncing harmlessly back into the field of play, keeping the score at 3-0.

Wikum cleaned things up from there for the Rams, as she netted goals at the 11:42 mark, and then another just two minutes later to provide the final tally on the scoreboard.

Rifle coach Lisle Harrison, who saw his team's record drop to 0-2 for the young season, is working with several players who are new to the Bear's program this year, but he is encouraged by their attitude and work ethic.

"We have a lot of new players this year, and we do have some work to do," Harrison said. "These kids have a lot of heart, and they are working hard for each other. It will take some time, but they're coming together."

Rifle is off now until after spring break, when they will take on the Palisade Bulldogs on March 28.

For Coach Forbes and his Rams (1-0), they will have little time to celebrate their victory over Rifle, as they will hit the long road this Thursday to take on the Delta Panthers in Delta.