Oysters hold off Rams, advance to playoffs
Post Independent Staff
CARBONDALE ” As the raindrops began to fall and the final seconds clicked off the clock, Roaring Fork High School’s attempt to spoil Colorado Rocky Mountain School’s playoff chances washed away, and CRMS held on to a 3-2 victory Tuesday night.
“Both teams played real well,” CRMS head coach A.O. Forbes said. “People just hung in there and didn’t give up and played hard.”
The game showcased an even battle, with the score staying tied late into the second half. Then, with less than two minutes remaining, the Oysters got a free kick at the 25-yard line. Conner Bottomly chipped the kick over the Ram’s wall of defense, and Mike Kane’s header flew past Ram keeper Ricardo Porias for the win.
“It was awesome,” Kane said of his game-winning goal.
Roaring Fork took the first lead of the game when Reyes Torres kick found the back of the net with 24:26 remaining in the first half. The Rams played solid defense, but CRMS’s ball control kept them in the game. Bottomly was the star of the night, scoring CRMS’s first two goals and almost adding another that bounced off the goal post.
The Rams broke the 1-1 tie in the second half when the Rams kicked a corner kick and Mark Stover sneaked a ball past Oyster keeper Reid Johns. After Bottomly tied it at 2 with 27:40 left in the game, possession of the ball when back and forth for the remainder of the game.
“It looked good for the first 30 minutes, but we knew CRMS would come back,” Ram head coach Chris Woods said. “They took advantage of opportunities, and there were times when we should have had some more goals. This game could have gone either way.”
Defense was stellar for both teams, with numerous breakaways ending without goals. Porias had 14 saves on the night for the Rams, while CRMS’s Johns blocked nine shots.
The Rams (3-6-1 Western Slope League, 3-9-1 overall) end the season in fourth place in the league and will not advance to the Class 3A playoffs.
“I am very proud of these boys,” Woods said. “They fought and left everything on the field. It is not a good way to go out, but it is a proud way to go out.”
With the win, CRMS (5-5 WSL, 5-5 overall) secured a third-place finish in the league and will now play St. Mary’s (4-3 Tri-Peaks League, 6-8 overall) of Colorado Springs on Friday.
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