Rams batter Bulldogs
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
CARBONDALE, Colorado – Antonio Madrigal says his coaches tell him to constantly put pressure on the defense.
Madrigal did just that on Saturday, parlaying hustle into Roaring Fork’s third and final goal in a 3-0 boys soccer win over visiting Hotchkiss.
With Madrigal charging hard as Bulldogs goalkeeper Jorge Quinonez went to play a ball out, Quinonez’s kick smacked off Madrigal’s backside and bounced into the net.
“I just put pressure on them there,” Madrigal said. “They kicked the ball and it hit me.”
“Way to use the body, just pushing it with whatever your have,” Rams coach John Ackerman said. “You’re there by virtue of being physical.”
Madrigal’s 59th-minute strike tailed a pair of first-half scores that were fueled more by finesse than hustle and good fortune.
In the 13th minute, a long free kick by Neiby Vargas teed teammate Antonio Landa up for a point-blank header that found its mark.
“That was beautiful,” Ackerman lauded.
In the 26th minute, Saulito Vega ripped a roller from the left flat that found its way past the keeper and into the net just inside the far post.
Roaring Fork, which has a playoff spot and third place in Class 3A’s Region 3 locked up, bumped its overall record up to 8-4-1 with the win.
After a slow start to the season, the Rams have now won six of their last eight games.
“We were off to a rough start,” Ackerman said. “We didn’t have our goalkeeper [Frank Adgate]. We’re just getting our defense worked together. We’ve been playing around formationally a little bit and developing more tactically.”
Hotchkiss dropped to 5-7-1 with Saturday’s loss.
“We’re just going to kind of finish out the season,” Bulldogs coach Elaine Wood said. “Hopefully, we’ll play a couple of good games at the end and call her a good season. It’s been a fun ride with all of these guys.”
Wood’s squad heads to Parachute to face Grand Valley on Tuesday and then finishes up by hosting Colorado Rocky Mountain School on Thursday.
Roaring Fork hosts Grand Valley to close out the regular season on Thursday. The varsity game time is currently set for 4 p.m., but Ackerman is hoping to change it to 6 p.m. so that his seniors, who will be honored that day, can play under the lights.
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