Rams get by crosstown foes | PostIndependent.com

Rams get by crosstown foes

Phil Sandoval
Post Independent Photo/Kara K. Pearson Colorado Rocky Mountain School's Jae Won Lee (7), right, tries to edge out Roaring Forks' Abe Flores (18) during Saturday afternoon's game.

CARBONDALE – Though both teams discount it, the intensity ratchets up a notch when Roaring Fork and Colorado Rocky Mountain School get together for a soccer match.”It’s one of our biggest games, because most of the kids on both teams have grown up together. But, CRMS is not our biggest rival in league,” said Roaring Fork assistant coach Hadley Hentschel, who piloted the Rams due to head coach Chris Wood’s wedding this weekend.Before Roaring Fork settled Saturday’s league match on Emmanual Mireles’ penalty kick in the 59th minute, the two Carbondale schools exchanged the lead three times and tied the game twice.

The victory, combined with the Rams’ 3-2 overtime Friday at Aspen, raises Roaring Fork’s record to 2-3-1 in the Class 3A Western Slope League and 3-6-1 overall.Miguel Mondragon’s goal opened the scoring in the 29th minute when he found the top upper corner of the net for a 1-0 Roaring Fork lead. CRMS (2-3) took a 2-1 lead when forward Jack Tolan scored back-to-back goals in a three-minute span late in the first half.But, the Oysters’ lead vanished 61 seconds later when Ram junior Luis Flores knotted the game at 2-all with three minutes left in the opening stanza.

Roaring Fork regained the advantage on the next possession when Hugo Mondragon’s shot hit the bottom of the CRMS crossbar then zipped by CRMS goalie Reid Johns’ left shoulder.Up 3-2 at intermission, Mireles’ penalty kick score to give Roaring Fork a two-goal lead appeared huge.The play was set-up when a CRMS player was called for a hand ball violation in the penalty box, which was made worse when Tolan was given a Red card ejection from the game for arguing the call.The penalty forced the Oysters to play a man down for the game’s remaining 19 minutes.

But, it failed to quash CRMS’ spirit.Nick Forbes’ free kick brushed off keeper Omar Garcia’s hand to the far corner of the cage, reducing the margin to 4-3.Garcia, who took over the Ram goalkeeping duties in the second half, made two of his seven saves in the final seven minutes to preserve the win.”We played really well,” said CRMS coach A.O. Forbes, whose team absorbed a 3-1 loss at Vail Mountain School Friday. “We just can’t win. It’s just frustrating for us. We played hard, then we lose the game. We deserve better than what we’ve gotten.”• Other area Class 3A Western Slope League Score: Basalt 0, Vail Mountain 0.• Other area Class 3A Western Slope League Score: Basalt 0, Vail Mountain 0.

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