Roaring Fork downs CRMS, makes playoffs
CARBONDALE ” Chris Woods said Roaring Fork didn’t play its best soccer in Tuesday’s 5-1 win over Colorado Rocky Mountain School. But, one thing’s for sure ” with a state playoff game ahead, the Rams are peaking at the right time.
“We didn’t want to be peaking halfway through the season. We wanted to keep building. That was our goal,” the first-year Rams coach said.
“I know if we’re playing our best soccer yet, but we are playing as a team.”
A team that’s going to the Class 3A playoffs.
Roaring Fork (4-4-2 league, 5-8-2 overall) earned the final playoff berth available by finishing third in the Western Slope League and hosts the fourth-place team from the Southern League.
The playoff game must take place by Saturday. The date and opponent have yet to be determined.
And, earning a playoff berth is especially nice for the Rams, considering they had to defeat their cross-town rival to get the spot.
Hugo Mondragon broke a scoreless game open with two first-half goals.
The first, off Emmanuel Mireles’ redirected free kick, came in the 20th minute. Mondragon’s second score, a laser to the far right corner, broke the game open.
“That was the turning point for us,” Woods said. “We got a little break, then we got recharged at halftime and we just kept going.”
The Rams distanced themselves from the Oysters in the second half by scoring three times in just over four minutes.
Mireles netted all three second-half goals. The first two, in the 47th and 49th minutes, came off assists from Mondragon. Mireles bagged the hat trick on a 35-yard free kick after a CRMS foul with 28 minutes left.
“We got a lot of good passes together,” Woods said. “That’s something we didn’t do in the first half and that was good.”
The big margin allowed Woods to clear the bench.
With Roaring Fork’s subs playing most of the game’s remaining 20 minutes, CRMS’s Connor Bottomly netted the Oysters’ only goal of the contest with 16 minutes left.
CRMS concluded the season with a 3-7-0 mark.
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