Rams soccer coasts through regional round
CARBONDALE – Maybe it was because Bayfield’s prom was scheduled for the next night or the long bus ride to Carbondale, but the Wolverines were never in the game mentally, physically or on the scoreboard in Friday’s 3A regional girls soccer playoff game against Roaring Fork.
The Rams, hosting their first playoff game in team history, tallied three goals in the first eight minutes en route to a 9-0 drubbing of Bayfield Friday at Roaring Fork High School.
“The girls started out hard, which is what we wanted to do,” said Roaring Fork coach Gail Rippe. “We really needed to be focused because we didn’t know anything about Bayfield.”
Roaring Fork, the third seed out of the Western Slope League, advances to the 16-team girls State Soccer Tournament with the victory over the No. 4-seed out of the Intermountain League. Seedings for the state tourney are expected to be released today.
Senior Chelsea Tiernan cracked the egg for the Rams with a goal in the first two minutes, then classmate Brie Bath took over.
Bath gave Roaring Fork a 2-0 lead two minutes later and upped the advantage to 3-0 putting in a ball misplayed by Bayfield goalie Kristin Thomas in the eighth minute.
Bath almost completed the first-half hat trick with a shot off the crossbar, but would have to wait until the second half to complete her career-high offensive day.
Megan Zeigel finished off an Erin young shot in the 28th minute for a 4-0 Rams lead headed into halftime, then Bath got back to work with two goals in the first eight minutes of the second half.
“We had a good warmup and we were focused and excited for the game,” Bath said. “I was just having fun and I knew if I didn’t score someone else would.”
Senior Alyson Romanus, who had an uneventful first half as the Roaring Fork keeper, moved to forward in the second half and scored the next two goals for the Rams. Michelle French wrapped up the scoring, netting a nice pace from Kayla LaMorte.
The Rams’ trip to state will be the first in Rippe’s five-year tenure as head coach, and the Rams don’t expect another easy walk like they had Friday.
“We’re just excited and not sure what to expect,” Bath said of the next round. “Our league is full of ranked teams, so I don’t think it will be a total surprise.”
The only other 3A WSL team to play a regional game was Eagle Valley, which defeated Buena Vista by a 2-0 margin. League-champion Basalt received a bye through the regional round.
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