Semis bound! No. 11 Roaring Fork upsets No. 3 Faith Christian 3-2 in 3A soccer playoffs; Titans volleyball out |

Semis bound! No. 11 Roaring Fork upsets No. 3 Faith Christian 3-2 in 3A soccer playoffs; Titans volleyball out

The Roaring Fork Rams of Carbondale controlled the ball for most of the high school boys 3A state soccer quarterfinal game against Faith Christian in Arvada on Saturday afternoon, emerging with a 3-2 win to advance to Wednesday’s semifinals.

The Rams entered the quarterfinal matchup as the lower seed, No. 11 versus the No. 3 Eagles, but were dominant despite an equalizer for Faith at the end of the first half that knotted it 1-1 going into the break.

“I told them to keep pushing and keep taking chances, and that we were in control,” Roaring Fork head coach Nick Forbes said. “When you do that, good things happen, and they did.”

Next up: No. 2 Atlas Preparatory School, 2-1 winners over No. 10 Lutheran on Saturday, in the semifinal round Wednesday afternoon at Frederick High School.

In Saturday’s quarterfinal, Roaring Fork got on the scoreboard first in the 16th minute when senior captain Ross Barlow found the net off an assist from senior striker Carlos Perez.

Faith got the equalizer in the 39th on a ball that appeared to careen off the adjacent football goal post before finding the foot of an Eagles player. In any case, the score was counted.

The Rams again dominated to start the second half before Perez again found Barlow for the go-ahead in the 51st minute of play to make it 2-1.

Senior Jose Mercado provided some insurance with an unassisted goal 13 minutes later — good thing, because Faith found the net with just 30 seconds to play when the ball rebounded off Rams goalie Jacob Martin.

Too little, too late, for the higher seed at that point, though, as the Rams held on for the victory.

“A lot of these players have been here before, and every time feels great,” Forbes said of Roaring Fork’s march to the 3A state title game in 2019, where they lost to Kent Denver.

“As good as it feels, we’re not done yet, and they know we still have work to do,” he said.

Titans volleyball bows out in 3A regionals

In other state playoff action this weekend, the Coal Ridge High School girls volleyball team ended its season in the regional round of the 3A state playoffs in Loveland Friday.

The Titans, seeded 36th in the 36-team regionals, fell 3-0 to top seed Resurrection Christian (25-8, 25-11, 25-10) in the opener.

A competitive five-set match with No. 24 Lake County followed, but the Titans lost 3-2 (25-23, 23-25, 25-15, 20-25, 15-4).

Individual stats were not immediately available. Coal Ridge graduates four senior players: Peyton Garrison, Brenna Hinkley, Lydia Dye and Bayley Jacobson.

Senior Reporter/Managing Editor John Stroud can be reached at 970-384-9160 or

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