Rams shut down Titans, 4-0
PEACH VALLEY – The Roaring Fork girls soccer team stole the glory of Coal Ridge’s first-ever home game, scoring three goals in the first half and beating the Titans 4-0 on Thursday.After beating Olathe 4-1 on Tuesday, this game was a little different for Coal Ridge.”Welcome to varsity,” head coach Shawn McElroy told his freshmen-sophomore squad after the game.Fifteen minutes into the first half, freshman Hanna Burleigh got the first point on the board after sending a shot soaring over Titan goalie Vanessa Hinojos into the upper left corner of the goal. With six minutes left to go in the first frame, Taylor Wagner passed to Whitney Campbell who kicked a grounder for the Rams’ second goal.
Two minutes later Whitney Campbell centered the ball and Wagner sent it to the back of the Coal Ridge net. “Our team is pretty young team and we’ve got some freshmen who are just really quick and just thrive up front there,” said Roaring Fork head coach Brad Zeigel. “We’ve got Cathy (Vega), Hanna (Burleigh) and we can put Whitney (Campbell), Taylor (Wagner) and Kelsey (Clapper) up there and it just makes a huge difference instead of just relying on just one or two players.” Titan Patricia Jewkes got a breakaway at the end of the half, but Ram goalie Smeins deflected it as it sailed wide of the goal. Despite being down three and never having practiced outdoors yet this season, the young Titans weren’t giving up.”This is the second time we’ve been outdoors,” McElroy said. “You could tell they were having a little trouble with the big field and they ran out of gas. The speed of play – not quite there yet , but you can see glimmers. They are thinking, they just can’t execute quite yet. All in all, I don’t really have any complaints.” The second half showcased a much more even game. Both defenses stepped up and no goals were scored for the first 37 minutes of the half.
With a little over two minutes remaining in the game, Campbell, who went from forward, to stopping two shots as goalie, back to a forward again, scored the final goal of the game with a soft roller that went by Hinojos.”I think we kinda got down on ourselves when they got up on us 2-0 and then that soft goal at the end, but basically we played them pretty even in the second half,” McElroy said.Campbell finished the game with two goals, two saves and one assist.”It pumps me up,” Campbell said of the transition from the goal to the field. “Goalie sometimes can be a little restless, but getting out there is fun.”
Hinojos made 19 saves in the game, while Roaring Fork’s rotating trio of goalies – Smeins, Campbell and Shannon Ogs – stopped six shots. Although they were shut out, the Titans had some good scoring chances. “The Coal Ridge team is real young and building their program, but they moved the ball well and they were in our half quite a bit,” Ziegel said of the Titans. “They held us that second half.”McElroy had equal respect for the Rams.”They had some quick players and they just executed the basics.” McElroy said. “We’ve been working on the same kinds of things, we’re just not quite there yet.”Coal Ridge (1-1) will play its next game when it hosts Rangely at 11 a.m. Roaring Fork (1-0-1) will now take a week off for spring break.
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