Bears, Pearls battle to draw |

Bears, Pearls battle to draw

Jeff Caspersen
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Jeff Caspersen Post Independent

CARBONDALE, Colorado – On a snow flurry-filled afternoon, a flurry of late goals made for a dramatic ending to Thursday’s girls soccer meeting between Colorado Rocky Mountain School and visiting Rifle.

After more than 70 minutes without a score, Rifle’s Cheyenne Martin broke through for a goal to give the Bears a late lead. Not long after, CRMS re-leveled the count with a goal by Maria Mork.

After the remaining minute or so of regulation ticked off and the two five-minute overtime periods were done, the game ended in a 1-all draw.

Rifle coach Richard Carter welcomed the tie after an 8-1 loss to Coal Ridge in Tuesday’s season opener.

“After Tuesday’s game, this is a great showing,” said the Bears’ interim coach, who’s teaming up with Maggie Holdsworth to steer the team through the 2011 season with permanent head coach Jennifer DeHamer on maternity leave. “We needed this confidence. It’s a huge boost for us.”

Fundamentals paved the way to Martin’s goal. She booted home a cross as she and her teammates flooded the 18-yard box.

“A lot of stuff was happening at the end,” Carter said. “We’re always teaching the girls to crash that ball near the goal, in front of the goal. That’s exactly what happened. We implemented what we practice.”

As for Mork’s counter, she found space out in the right flat and launched a roller that made its way past sprawling Rifle goalkeeper Jazmine Quintana.

“That was a clutch play,” CRMS coach Amanda Leahy said. “They rallied. That was a good thing to see.”

Leahy’s Pearls, fresh off a 5-1 win at Vail Christian on Tuesday, moved to 1-1-1 on the young season. They very nearly improved to 2-1.

A late overtime goal by Josie Horn triggered a joyous celebration among the CRMS players, one that was soon deflated after the officials waved off the goal due to an offsides call.

Though CRMS settled for a draw, Leahy had no complaints about her team’s effort.

“It was such a great game for them,” she said. “We certainly felt like we controlled the ball most of the time. Even with the weather like this, it can go either way no matter what. Coming back after their goal, that’s hard to do.”

Next up for the Pearls is an April 5 trip to Basalt. Rifle (0-1-1) heads to Rangely on Tuesday.

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