Adgate hat trick lifts CRMS
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
CARBONDALE, Colorado – With a bright yellow arm band signifying his captain status and a green bandana tied around his head, Tommy Adgate stood out before Thursday’s game ever started.
Once the opening whistle blew, nothing changed.
The Colorado Rocky Mountain School recorded a hat trick by halftime, seizing the attention of all those hand to take in Thursday’s boys soccer meeting between the host Oysters and Grand Valley.
With Robin Ruddell and David Vazquez chipping in second-half goals, CRMS rolled to a 5-0 win on a sunny afternoon in Carbondale.
Adgate’s three goals give him a whopping five for the season, which for CRMS is just two games old.
“He’s having a great start to the season,” Oysters coach Dan Pittz said. “He came out during preseason camp and he’s just been really fired up and energetic. He’s just kind of coming into his own.”
It had been since grade school that Adgate had a hat trick. Befitting his captain status, which rotates among players on a game-by-game basis, the junior credited his teammates for his individual milestone.
“It’s always the team,” he said. “I mean, scoring really isn’t much. It’s more the assist that counts. I can’t really score unless I have players assisting me.”
Oysters goalkeeper Alex Henderson set up Adgate in the eighth minute, booming a goal kick high into the air that Adgate chased down and converted into a goal on the other end.
Two minutes later, it was Josh Carter sending a centering pass out of the right corner and to Adgate, who nudged home another score.
Just before halftime, Adgate scored again to give CRMS a 3-0 lead. Ruddell assisted.
CRMS improved to 1-1 with the win, which followed a heartbreaking overtime loss to Hotchkiss on Tuesday. They didn’t appear to bring tired legs into Thursday’s game.
“That’s nice to see at this stage in the season, for sure,” Pittz said. “I think this game was an excellent opportunity to try some new things, too. We finally were able to create a little more in today’s game, moreso than against Hotchkiss.”
Grand Valley, in its first season at the varsity level, is still finding its way.
The Cardinals did produce a pair of promising scoring chances, both courtesy of Alfredo Salcedo, who had a sure goal booted out of harm’s way by a CRMS defender late in the first half and then smacked the crossbar with a liner in the second half.
Better results will come as the team gains experience, assistant coach Rob Martin insisted.
“It’s our first year of varsity play,” he said. “I don’t think they anticipated the level of training, on all levels – the mental game, the fitness game, all the different plays. They’re starting to come into their own. We had a lot of good plays out here today.”
The Cardinals (1-4) picked up their first win at last weekend’s Lake County Invitational, defeating Center.
“That game was amazing,” Grand Valley head coach Juan Rivera said. “They had a different attitude.”
An attitude Rivera and Martin hope to see surface consistently as the season wears on.
Said Martin: “We’re getting there.”
Grand Valley hosts Basalt at 11 a.m. on Saturday, while CRMS hosts Vail Mountain at 4 p.m. on Tuesday.
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