Enriquez’s 76th-minute goal lifts Titans past Rams
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
CARBONDALE, Colorado – Roaring Fork and Coal Ridge only meet once this boys soccer season. On Thursday, the Rams and Titans poured a whole lot of dramatic soccer into that one meeting.
Edgar Enriquez made a move to drop one of two defenders draped on him and then buried an open shot in the 76th minute to lift Coal Ridge to a 1-0 win over Roaring Fork in Carbondale. The junior simply powered his way deep in the right flat to produce a solid look.
“We worked the ball up and he got the through-pass,” said teammate Jorge Hernandez, who helped translate for Enriquez. “He had to make a move to get one of the defenders off and then he was open on net.”
Hernandez, a senior, got the ball to Enriquez on a throw-in.
Titans goalkeeper Junior Contreras followed with a couple of critical saves, including one just seconds before the final whistle blew on a point-blank shot by Erik Carrillo.
“I was nervous,” said Contreras, a sophomore. “I didn’t think they’d stop coming at us. Those guys had the second-best record in our league. It’s hard to get that out of your mind and focus on the game.”
Contreras faced a barrage of shots throughout the afternoon, making 13 saves as the Rams produced opportunity after opportunity.
Perhaps the most promising Roaring Fork threat came in the second half when Lalo Clemente smacked the post with a shot in the 46th minute. In the aftermath of Clemente’s laser, teammate Aaron Palomera ripped a close-range shot that Contreras grabbed out of the air.
“Junior played an amazing game,” Coal Ridge coach Mike Mikalakis said. “He made the saves playing basic soccer. He played goalie the way it needed to be played.”
“We played our game – passing, moving, communication,” Rams head coach Aaron Anderson said. “We just didn’t score. Their keeper, give him credit. He made some great stops.”
Anderson’s squad dipped to 4-2 overall and to 0-1 in 3A Region 3.
“It’s a tough way to start league, but we’ve got to put it behind us and keep playing our game,” Anderson said. “I think we’ll be fine if we just don’t let it get to us. We’ve got a good team and it’s a beautiful game that they play. If we keep it going, we’ll be fine.”
The Rams will host Moffat County at 11 a.m. on Saturday.
Up next for the Titans, who improved to 6-0 overall and 1-0 in Region 3, is a trip to Grand Valley on Saturday. That game gets under way at 11 a.m. as well.
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