Roaring Fork beats CRMS rivals
CARBONDALE – It’s not UCLA vs. USC, or Michigan-Ohio State. Heck, it doesn’t even measure up against a CU-CSU game on the intensity scale. Still, any time Roaring Fork mixes up with Colorado Rocky Mountain School, the rivalry exists.And a good-sized flock of Carbondalians were treated to a good soccer game.With no hope of either squad earning a postseason state playoff berth, Monday’s contest held little interest except for bragging rights.Try telling that to either team.
Rams sophomore Krispin Jewkes scored the winning goal in a 2-1 affair when she forced her way in front of CRMS goalie Monica Schwaller to knock home a rebound after Schwaller made the initial save on Roaring Fork’s Amy Anderson midway in the second half.CRMS dropped to 3-7-1 (WSL and overall) and finish the year this afternoon with a home league match with Basalt.Roaring Fork (2-6-3 league, 2-6-4 overall) fired 22 shots at Schwaller – most of them inside the penalty area. Only the two hit paydirt, a problem Ram coach Brad Ziegel has tried to correct all season.”We haven’t been able to finish (plays) this season. We’ve been working on that the last two weeks,” Ziegel said. The one part the Rams have mastered is keeping the ball on the opposite side of the field.
A goal by CRMS midfielder Caitlin Brimm was the lone exception. After scoring in the ninth minute, the Pearls’ offensive skills withered.Meanwhile, Roaring Fork was anxious to turn things around after coming up empty on eight drives.Whitney Campbell tied the game at 1-all when she deposited her own rebound inside the far post. It took about 20 minutes of playing time – along with some missed chances before Jewkes’ score gave the Rams the lead for good.Ziegel said having a wind advantage in the second half was a factor to forcing play.
“We tried to keep pressure on them the whole game,” he mentioned. “Having the wind on our side helped.”A few of Roaring Fork’s players skipped Monday’s game to participate in the local Day of Solidarity March. Ziegel said it had no impact.With 17 underclassmen on the 2006 roster, Ziegel sees good things ahead for the Rams.”Next year will be interesting. We’ve talked about that a lot. Being in a small school gives our freshmen the advantage to play right away.”The town’s youth program, Ziegel added, teaches those underclassmen the skills to be successful at the high school level.”The youth coaches are a big help. Even though our team is young, they’re ready to go when they get here.”
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