Oysters slip past Bulldogs
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
CARBONDALE, Colorado – Colorado Rocky Mountain School boys soccer coach Dan Pittz says his team has no superstars. The Oysters proved that on Tuesday, scoring goals in a variety of ways and from a variety of players in a 3-2 win over visiting Moffat County.
Sam Shaw, Ben Holland and Jari Lindholm all scored for CRMS on a frigid and overcast afternoon.
“We don’t have any individual stars, but every single one of us is able to get out there and really support each other and play like we need to play,” Pittz said. “Our best successes lie when we see a full team effort out there.”
And that’s just what the veteran coach saw on Tuesday.
Shaw scored on an assist from Vladimir Funes in the 36th minute, chasing down a pass from the latter and tapping it in just as Bulldogs goalkeeper Alex Arellano and a defender were bearing down on him. That leveled the count at 1 apiece, answering a goal by Moffat County’s Alan Flores, who rifled a one-hopper into the net at right around the 13-minute mark.
Holland, a transfer from Basalt High School playing in his first game with the Oysters, drilled a corner kick that bounced up off the ground, smacked the post and then into the net maybe two minutes into the second half.
“I was just trying to get it in to my players,” Holland said. “I put it perfectly right in a place where the goalie couldn’t get it.”
Lindholm scored what proved to be the game-winner midway through the second half. He ran down a long pass from Funes and then got a kick off just as Arellano charged and slid in an effort to diffuse the threat. While Lindholm didn’t get much on the shot, the ball slowly rolled across the line to give CRMS a 3-1 lead in the 57th minute.
Flores and teammate Kelly Campbell teamed up to make it 3-2 later about six minutes later. Flores drilled a shot off the post that ricocheted out to Campbell, who poked the ball into a wide-open net.
Campbell, new to soccer this year, was playing in just his second varsity game.
After struggling mightily in Saturday’s 4-1 loss to Roaring Fork, a game also played in Carbondale, Bulldogs coach Rusty Cox saw a much more spirited effort out of his squad on Tuesday.
“Much better,” he said. “We just made little mistakes, really. It was a good game. It was a very evenly matched game. They just came out on top. It’s all good.
“It’s probably one of the better games I’ve seen my boys play.”
Moffat County, which dropped to 1-6 overall with the defeat, will host Grand Valley at 4 p.m. on Thursday.
The Oysters, now 3-2-1, will host Coal Ridge on Saturday.
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