Golden goal lifts Titans |

Golden goal lifts Titans

Jeff Caspersen
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, Colorado CO
Jeff Caspersen Post IndependentCoal Ridge's Sarah Solinger, left, advances the ball in the face of pressure from Roaring Fork's Maddie Nieslanik, center, and Taylor Adams, right, during Thursday's game in Carbondale. Coal Ridge won in overtime, 2-1.

CARBONDALE, Colorado – Allie Ehlers tracked down Zoe Reece’s long pass deep in the left flat and sent a mid-range shot toward the far post.

Moments later, Ehlers and her Coal Ridge girls soccer teammates were celebrating Thursday’s 2-1 win over host Roaring Fork.

The sophomore’s golden goal brought a dramatic game to a dramatic end late in the first period of overtime.

The Titans appeared en route to victory in regulation, especially after goalkeeper Ciara Chacon dove to her right to make a stop on a Taylor Adams penalty kick in the 78th minute. That preserved Coal Ridge’s 1-0 lead.

But it didn’t last much longer.

Moments later, an Adams free kick sent toward an 18-yard box flooded with bodies was knocked in by a Ram to tie the game. Exactly which Ram converted the goal wasn’t clear, though Roaring Fork coach Heather Fox credited Nayeli Alfaro with the goal. Alfaro, Natalie Olivas and Kaleigh Wisroth were all in the vicinity, but no one was 100 percent sure who had the touch that pushed the ball across the line.

The Titans’ first goal came in the first half courtesy of Rebecca Mitchell, who converted a corner kick sent in by teammate Alicia Cokley.

Coal Ridge coach Brian Blair, whose team improved to 5-1-2, saw a drop-off in intensity as the game wore on.

“As time passed, we were getting more lethargic,” he said. “We have to play with more rhythm and consistency.”

The loss dipped the Rams to 4-3.

“Obviously, we’re disappointed,” Fox said. “But I’m proud of the girls for playing as hard as they did and for playing as well as they did together. We still have some things to work on.”

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