Ibanez’s overtime goal lifts RF to 4-3 win over CRMS
CARBONDALE – Sara Weiss’ first encounter with the boys soccer rivalry between Roaring Fork-Colorado Rocky Mountain School was “scary and fun”.
The Rams’ first-year coach shouldn’t worry about feeling those emotions when the two crosstown schools clash.
Saturday’s 4-3 overtime win by Roaring Fork over CRMS might be one of the best, so far as drama goes.
Jason Ibanez’s third goal of the game, scored in the second overtime period, closed a wild match that featured two lead changes, a pair of penalty kicks and a hat trick by the Oysters’ Sonam Sherpa.
Sherpa scored his third goal of the game on a penalty kick after a Roaring Fork foul in the penalty in the 78th minute of regulation for a 3-all tie to force overtime.
The first five minutes of OT featured weak shots from the two teams at each other’s goals. With five minutes of play left, CRMS started the second overtime period with a strong push inside Roaring Fork’s defensive end only to be turned away by the Rams’ Alfonso Flores.
“That was huge,” Weiss said. “Alfonso stayed in the backfield and was aware of the play.” The defense stops led to Ibanez’s game winner.
Ibanez captured a free ball inside midfield, then wielded his way undefended toward the Oysters’ goal, forcing keeper Forbes Fisher out of the penalty area.
Ibanez faked once, then slipped the ball to the lower right corner.
Earlier, assisted on Roaring Fork’s first goal, scored by Anibel Hernandez in the 8th minute. Later, Ibanez created a 2-2 tie with his second goal in the 59th minute then slipped home a penalty kick with 10 minutes left in regulation.
Sherpa’s goals came in 14th, 28th and 74th minutes.
The win is the first league win for the Rams this season and broke a four-game losing streak.
Roaring Fork is now 2-5 overall and 1-2 in the WSL.
CRMS falls to 1-3 overall and in league with the defeat.
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