Rams come alive in second half for win
GSPI Sports Editor
CARBONDALE ” Once Roaring Fork got the wind at its back it was smooth sailing.
The Rams girls soccer team broke a
1-all tie with a pair of goals early in the second half to down cross-town rival Colorado Rocky Mountain School 3-1 in a Class 3A Western Slope League game Thursday.
Senior Tarn Udall gave Roaring Fork its first lead of the game nine minutes into the second half with a shot from outside the penalty area that floated over the outstretched arms of CRMS goalkeeper Hanna Farrar.
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It was a shot that likely would have been knocked down in the first half when the Rams had the wind in their face.
“That was a huge advantage, having the wind with us,” said Megan Zeigel, who posted Roaring Fork’s only goal in the first half.
The Rams kept the momentum and added a cushion after sophomore Whitney Campbell netted a goal following a mad scramble in front of the CRMS goal 13 minutes into the second half.
Zeigel nearly put Roaring Fork (3-1) up by three 10 minutes later, but Farrar made a diving save to deny the junior her second tally of the game. It was one of a number of pretty saves by Farrar, who had 14 stops on the day.
“She will single-handedly keep us in games,” CRMS coach Amanda Leahy said of her keeper.
“Today we had some problems getting first to the ball,” Leahy said. “It kind of sets the tempo and we fell behind on that.”
CRMS was, however, the first to get on the board in the opening half, scoring in the 16th minute. Halley Keating just missed on a crossing shot 14 minutes into the game, but made up for it less than two minutes later for her team’s only goal of the game.
“Our first half was slow and that’s been happening,” Roaring Fork coach Brad Zeigel said. “But we continued to get stronger and stronger. We’re a young team and (the players) are still learning what to expect from each other.”
Roaring Fork answered with a goal in the 21st minute when Megan Zeigel tallied the tying goal off a rebound.
While there are certainly bragging rights involved in the game, the first of two regular-season contests between the Carbondale schools, the rivalry has none of the animosity of other area grudge matches.
“It’s always fun to play against girls you know,” Zeigel said. “We’re all really good friends and have fun out there.”
“It’s a good rivalry because we are evenly matched,” Leahy added. “You want to have the feeling it can go either way.”
– In other area prep girls soccer action, Rifle defeated Moffat County 3-1. With the victory Rifle, currently third in Class 4A Western Slope League, improves to 6-2-1 in league play (6-4-1 overall). Moffat County drops to 2-7 (3-7).
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