C’dale rivals carve out 1-1 tie in OT
CARBONDALE – In a same-city rivalry, neither team could claim stakes on who was the best as the Roaring Fork girls soccer team tied the Colorado Rocky Mountain School 1-1 in double overtime on a cold, snowy evening on Thursday.”With the weather and all everyone played really hard,” said Roaring Fork head coach Brad Ziegel. “CRMS is always a terrific game because the girls are friends or have played together so they always enjoy it. It’s a fun game. They always work each other hard and it is one of my favorite games.
CRMS (3-2-1 in the Western Slope League and overall) was the first team to get on the board 30 minutes into the game when Tess Freeman raced down the center of the field, beating two Ram defenders and kicking a grounder into the far side of the goal. Roaring Fork (1-1-2 WSL and overall) then tried to tie the game with four minutes left in the half. CRMS goalkeeper Monica Schwaller rushed out of the goal to make a save and the ball bounced off of her and out in front of the goalie-less net. Defenders Beta Calhoun and Clair Noone made a mini wall in front of the goal and blocked two more Ram shots.”That’s where instinct comes in and they instinctually did the right thing – saved us a goal,” CRMS head coach Amanda Leahy said of Calhoun and Noone.
CRMS carried the 1-0 lead into the second half, but it didn’t last long. Four minutes into the frame, Amy Anderson boomed a corner kick in front of the CRMS goal. It bounced around for a moment before freshman Hanna Burleigh got a foot on it and sent it into the back of the goal.Despite numerous attempts by each team throughout the remainder of the game, Burleigh’s goal was the last of the game. CRMS had two chances late in the second half, but couldn’t convert them into goals. Calhoun sent a direct kick over the Ram goal and Halley Keating’s 25-yard attempt sailed wide of the goal.Anderson kept CRMS busy on defense, firing corner kicks that consistently dropped in front of the goal. The Rams took advantage of the one, but couldn’t capitalize again and the game went into overtime.
“Amy’s doing terrific and the other players get the understanding of where the ball’s coming, so you start to have some real opportunities and that’s good,” Ziegel said. The first overtime came and went without either team getting a shot on goal. Roaring Fork managed to get three shots in the second OT, none of which came close and the game ended with a tie.”I am very happy with a tie, we are still struggling with injuries and this weather – we are getting used to playing soccer in the snow,” Leahy said. “I thought this was a good game. It was our third game of the week and I was wondering about the energy level, but we brought our game.”
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