Rams check off goal, Bears
CARBONDALE — Emily Fisher can cross this one off of her bucket list of things to do in high school.
The Roaring Fork High School senior and the leading goal scorer for the Rams had, incredibly enough, never taken a penalty shot during her high school career. That changed on Thursday when, on her way to a scoring chance against Rifle, she was tripped just inside of the goal box to earn the opportunity.
It came at just the right time for Roaring Fork, as Fisher buried the shot in the 43rd minute and later helped the Rams hold on for a 3-2 Class 3A/2A Western Slope League victory over the Bears.
“It was on my bucket list. I’ll admit it,” Fisher said laughing. “I never seem to get hit down there. Actually, I was in our last game, but the ref didn’t call it.”
This one was called, though, and the end result helped Roaring Fork (4-5-2 overall, 3-3-1 Class 3A/2A WSL) remain in the hunt for one of the league’s two spots in the Class 3A state playoffs. It was one of two goals that Fisher scored — Kayla Derby had the other one — and the second time that the Rams have beaten Rifle by that score.
Still, it was Rifle (2-9, 1-7 league) that seemed to play more aggressively in the second half in trying to rally from the one-goal deficit Fisher put the Bears in.
“They played with a greater sense of urgency than we did throughout the game,” Roaring Fork coach Heather Fox said. “We played back on our heels. We’ve been very consistent … in our past three games up until today, and we need to play much more consistent with our energy and enthusiasm for the rest of the year.”
Beau Jamjaroenjit and Jessica Bracamontes each scored goals for the Bears, with Bracamontes’ goal coming on a penalty kick in the 38th minute to knot the score 2-2 at halftime. Fisher’s goal gave the Rams the lead for good, and Rifle wasn’t able to score despite four solid chances and two open-net opportunities.
“Now that we’re losing games by one goal instead of eight or nine, this is starting to make us mad,” said Rifle coach Rich Carter, whose team snapped a 24-game losing streak earlier this year and dropped a 2-1 decision at Vail Christian on Tuesday. “Still, this shows where we’re headed. We are so much better than we were last year.”
Rifle plays a nonleague game in Frisco against Summit today. The Rams will play next on April 21 when they host Rangely before playing at Moffat County on April 24.
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