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Rams out to deal Eagles first loss of season

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Roaring Fork would rather be playing a team other than No. 1-ranked Faith Christian in their opening 3A boys soccer state tournament game, but head coach Chris Woods sees an upside.Staff ReportRoaring Fork would rather be playing a team other than No. 1-ranked Faith Christian in their opening 3A boys soccer state tournament game, but head coach Chris Woods sees an upside.”We’re one of the strongest 16th seeds they could get,” Woods said. “We see this as a big opportunity; if we beat them we become the No. 1 seed. We would rather play them first – there’s no use getting into the finals if you don’t think you can beat the best.”When the Rams travel to Arvada to face Faith Christian today at 4 p.m., they will need to be at their best to beat a team that, so far this season, has been the hands-down best in Class 3A. The Eagles (15-0) are the only 3A squad with a perfect record and have played only two games in which they didn’t outscore their opponents by two goals or more.Faith Christian features a balanced offensive attack with four players boasting 11 or more goals.”Our defense is going to have to mark really close, pretty much stepping on their toes,” Woods said. “We’re going to be dogging everything and give a good show and make the town proud.”Faith Christian would be making a mistake to look past the Rams (6-8-2). Roaring Fork has just one loss in its last eight 3A games – a 3-2 defeat to No. 2-ranked Basalt – and also has one of 3A’s top scorers in Miguel Mondragon.Mondragon leads the Rams’ attack with 17 goals and six assists on the season.”I know these boys are going to leave everything out on the field,” Woods said of his team. “They’ve been playing with a lot of heart, and we’re quietly confident. “Hopefully Faith thinks, ’16th seed and we’re going to smash them,'” he added. If that is the case “we’ll give them a rude surprise and catch them on their back foot early.”The winner advances to the quarterfinal round against the winner of the Pagosa Springs-Holy Family game. Pagosa and Holy Family play Saturday.The winner advances to the quarterfinal round against the winner of the Pagosa Springs-Holy Family game. Pagosa and Holy Family play Saturday.


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