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Titans advance, police called

Collin Szewczyk
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Marcia Villarreal Cerise PhotoArtistryCoal Ridge's Dale Bauer, right, challenges a Weld Central player for a header during Saturday's 3A boys soccer playoff game. The Titans won, 2-0, to advance to the state quarterfinals.

It was a wild scene on Saturday at Weld Central High School as No. 12 Coal Ridge topped fifth-seeded Weld Central in a 3A boys soccer playoff game that saw multiple red and yellow cards and a call to the local authorities.

The Titans frustrated the Rebels to the tune of a 2-0 victory to move on to the state quarterfinals.

Coal Ridge gained the lead in the first half on a Carlos Rodriguez goal. The game remained close and, after the Titans missed on a penalty kick, momentum looked to be shifting to the Rebels.

However, about three minutes after the miss, Jorge Hernandez assisted Eliel Ruiz on a free kick, which ended up being the back-breaker, putting the Titans up, 2-0.

Tempers began to flare, a yellow card was called, and Weld Central captain Ivan Zorrilla lost his cool. He shoved the referee, ultimately stopping the game with just over eight minutes remaining, and local police were called.

“We wanted to keep playing, to finish it out.” Titans coach Brian Blair said of the incident. “But [Weld’s] coach called the game.”

With the win, Coal Ridge (16-1) advances to face No. 4 The Classical Academy on Thursday in Colorado Springs.

Roaring Fork’s season came to an end Saturday with a 4-0 loss to top-seeded Colorado Springs Christian.

The Lions scored all four goals in the first half, the period that Rams coach John Ackerman felt his team played their best soccer.

“We played a good game,” he said. “We actually played better in the first half than we did in the second.”

The Rams say goodbye to 12 seniors, but they have plenty to be excited about in the future.

“We have some up-and-coming kids ready to play.” Ackerman said. As for the loss to the No. 1 Lions, playing a top-seeded team was a great experience overall for Roaring Fork, which finished the season 10-5-1.

“We were happy to play the No. 1 seed,” Ackerman said. “It’s definitely an experience you want to have.

“We went in with a winning attitude … and we’re walking away having learned from the game we love.”

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