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Rams earn State berth

Post Independent Photo/Kara K. Pearson Roaring Fork's Alex Hernandez, right, breaks past Fountain Valley player Duke Phillips' attempted slide tackle during Thursday afternoon's play-off game. RFHS won, 2-0.

CARBONDALE – The Roaring Fork boys soccer team made the most of its final home game of the 2004 season.The Rams’ defense gave up just a handful of opportunities, and the offense converted on enough of its chances to down Fountain Valley 2-0 in a Class 3A regional playoff game here Thursday night. With the victory, Roaring Fork advances to the state tournament next week.”We love our school and we play for our school,” said forward Miguel Mondragon, who scored the game’s first goal.”All the players played good, passed the ball and played hard.”

After a sluggish first few minutes, Roaring Fork took over the contest territorially, but Fountain Valley goalie Brennan Jones and some missed opportunities by the Rams (6-8-2) kept the Danes (8-6-1) in the game. Will Cappa came in on a partial breakaway, only to be turned away by Jones in the seventh minute. In the ensuing two minutes, the Rams’ Luis Flores hit the crossbar, and Roaring Fork had a goal called back due to an offsides.Although the game was still knotted at zeros, the Rams had set the tone.”We wanted to focus on our game,” Roaring Fork coach Chris Woods said. “We knew they would be very physical. We just wanted to outhustle them and be more physical than them, which wasn’t always easy.”Roaring Fork racked up 12 shots on goal in the half, but the Rams didn’t get on the board until Emmanuel Mireles launched a free kick from midfield into the box.

Jones bobbled the free kick, and Mondragon was there to pounce on the opportunity for a 1-0 lead in the 35th minute.And, with the way the Rams defense and goalie Torrey Udall were playing, the single goal was enough. Mireles, who moved back to the sweeper position prior to the game, anchored a back line that allowed just five shots on goal in the game.The Danes did come up with a few opportunities, but, for the most part, Udall had a relatively easy night.”He wasn’t threatened too much because of the defense, but he was definitely solid when he was called upon,” Woods said of his keeper.”The defense has always been there,” Udall said. “They back me up on everything. It’s been awesome.”

Roaring Fork added the security goal in the 56th minute when Reyes Torres gathered the ball in a scramble at the top of the penalty area and beat Jones to the right side of the net.Roaring Fork will find out its state tournament first-round opponent this weekend. The Rams most likely will take to the road for the game, probably Tuesday or Wednesday.”We have to play like we played today,” said Woods of the upcoming state tournament game. “We really didn’t play our best game, but we played with a lot of heart.”• Other Class 3A Western Slope League teams to advance to the postseason include Vail Mountain and Basalt. Vail Mountain hosts Lutheran at 3 p.m. today. Basalt received a regional-round bye.• Correction: A story published Wednesday incorrectly credited Hugo Mondragon with two goals in the game against Colorado Rocky Mountain School. The goals should have been credited to Miguel Mondragon.• Correction: A story published Wednesday incorrectly credited Hugo Mondragon with two goals in the game against Colorado Rocky Mountain School. The goals should have been credited to Miguel Mondragon.

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