Scheduling snafu makes for interesting day for soccer Rams

Jeff Caspersen
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

CRAIG, Colorado – Something didn’t seem right to Roaring Fork girls soccer coach John Ackerman.

His Rams, scheduled to play Moffat County in Craig on Saturday, breezed to a 4-1 win in what he and his players thought was a varsity contest. Afterwards, in what Ackerman and company thought was a junior varsity game, the Rams struggled mightily in a 6-0 defeat.

Turns out, Roaring Fork’s varsity team was matching up against Moffat County’s JV team and its JV team was going up against the Bulldogs’ varsity team.

No one knew it at the time, though.

It turned out that each team had a different idea of what the day’s itinerary would be. Roaring Fork went in thinking the day would open with the varsity game, as is the norm most everywhere on the Western Slope. Moffat County, though, typically holds its JV games first on weekends.

“It was a big mix-up,” said Ackerman, who said neither he nor Roaring Fork Athletic Director Greg Holley were informed of the Bulldogs’ weekend scheduling practices.

“There were little signs that weren’t adding up,” Ackerman added. “A lot of times after the varsity plays, the crowd diminishes. When you get to the JV game, that’s kind of typical. All of a sudden, there were more people at the venue. Then, our JV was frustrated they were being overpowered by this team and all the coaches were thinking, ‘Our JV must not be having a good game. They’re chasing and they’re getting way outplayed.'”

The schools’ athletic directors plan to confer and map out exactly how the weekend’s contests will figure into overall records. There’s a strong chance the games will go down as scrimmages. The schools do not belong to the same league, so that simplifies matters somewhat.

Ackerman said he’s secretly pining for the teams to meet halfway – perhaps in Rifle – and play out the varsity contest that never came to be.

“It was kind of a disappointment,” the coach said. “It was a lot of effort, We got two games in, and I think it was terrific for all the JV players on both teams. For the varsity players, it’s just harder for them. This would have been a good tuneup for both varsity teams.”

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