Pearls settle for 2-2 tie
CARBONDALE – After 79 minutes of play on Friday afternoon, it looked like the Colorado Rocky Mountain School girls soccer team had gotten the better of Rangely.But Meagan Piering had different plans.The Panther forward kicked a beautiful shot, clearing the reach of CRMS goalkeeper Monica Schwaller into the upper corner of the far side of the goal. The shot tied the game at two and sent it into overtime.Both teams had their fair share of chances in each of the two five-minute overtime periods, but neither could make it count and the game ended with a 2-2 tie.Although her team didn’t come away with the win, CRMS head coach Amanda Leahy was excited to improvement from the last time the two teams met on April 4.”We had to do a lot of defensive posturing and make a defensive stand a lot just to stay in it. But we lost to Rangely 6-0 last time,” she said. “We are moving forward and that’s the most important thing – just to see the season move forward. And this is one of those games that proves that. So I am happy with it.”The second half started with a 1-1 tie after Halley Keating scored a goal for CRMS and Hannah Walz scored a goal for Rangely in the first frame.CRMS’ second goal came on a surprising play when Leana Schwartz bumped a short pass back to Claire Noone. Noone, a defender who was standing a few feet in front of the midfield line, blasted the ball. It bounced once in front of Panther goalie Kirstin Cushman and over her head for the goal. “It wasn’t necessarily a goal of skill, but more of a goal of their fault. But I’ll take it,” said Noone, who admitted to not scoring many goals in her career. In overtime, Keating had a breakaway, but Cushman made the save. Rangely then fired five shots on the CRMS goal, one of which bounced off the crossbar. Schwaller came up with four saves on the rest of the shots and totaled 16 saves in the contest.”Monica probably played her best game in the goal,” Leahy said.Schwaller had a lot of help from Noone and Beta Calhoun, who each also saved numerous shots. “It takes a while for us to get into our stride, but I think we are at that brink where we are going to actually start feeling good and girls aren’t getting tired as much and I think we are going to start hitting what we can do,” Noone said of her team’s improved performance. “Unfortunately, it’s at the end of the season.”CRMS will be back on the field at Coal Ridge on Thursday.
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