Rams look for repeat postseason run
CARBONDALE – Soccer, specifically boys soccer, has become a hot-ticket sport at Roaring Fork High School.The Rams appearance in the 2004 Class 3A state playoffs has rejuvenated a program that appeared to be on life-support when Chris Woods took over as head coach last year.
But, instead of scrounging for players, as the coach needed to do in the past, Woods has 25 out on the practice field leading into this weekend’s opener at Montrose. In fact, the turnout might even allow Roaring Fork to play a junior varsity schedule this season.”(Because) of that good year, last year, the word got out around town that Roaring Fork’s not just a football school anymore, and we can actually play soccer,” Woods said of the program’s resurgence.And, while the Rams are young, with only five seniors on the roster, Woods feels the 2005 club has the potential to improve on the 6-9-2 (4-4-2, league) record it posted last year.
“I definitely think we’re more athletic,” said Woods. “(The team) has been doing fitness and conditioning stuff in the off-season and I’ve been impressed. I can’t believe the difference from last year to this year at this time. We’re definitely a step ahead.”As far as this year is concerned, Woods will turn to his returning lettermen to take the Rams a step up the ladder.Mark Stover, one of the Rams few seniors, will supply the pressure up front, along with junior Reyes Torres. Sophomore Tory Udall, probably one of the tallest goalkeepers in the state a 6-5, returns as the Rams starter in net.
Other key players include junior Noe Duran and sophomores Carlos Herrera and Alex Hernandez.When it comes to judging the 3A Western Slope League, Woods sees five of the league’s six teams as contenders for the three available state playoff berths.”This league will be very competitive,” he said. “Aspen, Vail Mountain, Basalt and CRMS are always good teams.””This league will be very competitive,” he said. “Aspen, Vail Mountain, Basalt and CRMS are always good teams.”
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The Coal Ridge High boys suffered their first 3A Western Slope League loss of the year Thursday night on the road at Gunnison, falling to the defending league champion Cowboys 65-45.