Roaring Fork edges CRMS, 3-2 |

Roaring Fork edges CRMS, 3-2

Joelle MilholmGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Post Independent/Kara K. Pearson

CARBONDALE – Roaring Fork scored two goals in the first 10 minutes on Thursday, getting the ball rolling for a 3-2 Ram victory over Colorado Rocky Mountain School in the season finale for both teams.Bryan Salinas and Ian Gohli accounted for Roaring Fork’s early scores, giving the Rams a lead they never lost.”It was a good effort. We put ourselves in a hole there early in the game, I think we weren’t quite ready,” said CRMS head coach Dan Pittz. “… The first 10 minutes were rough and that was a hard thing to battle out of, but then we played a great game.”

Alex Danell, who was a head taller than the Roaring Fork defenders on the field, got CRMS on the scoreboard with a goal halfway through the first half – using his long legs and bright green shoes to direct the ball into the back of the Rams’ net. The goal cut Roaring Fork’s lead in half and that score held up through intermission.Three minutes into the second half, Ram forward Alex Hernandez gave Roaring Fork some breathing room with a shot into the corner of the CRMS goal. Gohli, who was assisted by Hernandez on his goal in the first half, assisted Hernandez’s in the second.More Roaring Fork scoring attempts were denied by impressive goalkeeping from Ross Mohsenin, who toughed out quite a few collisions. Good defense from Oysters Zack Jones and Jared Carlson also helped.CRMS struck again with eight minutes left in the game when Tak Sasaki capitalized on a penalty kick and pulled the Oysters within one. CRMS bombarded Roaring Fork’s goal in the closing minutes of the game, with Danell, Sasaki and Jin-Yeop Lee all getting good chances to score. None went past Ram goalie Torrey Udall, however and the Rams hung on for the victory.

“It is fun to get a win on your last soccer game,” said Udall, a four-year starter for the Rams.The score was flip-flopped from last week when CRMS beat the Rams 3-2 at CRMS. The Oysters finished the season 1-10-1 in the Class 3A Western Slope and overall. CRMS will be losing four seniors next year, but has a promising future.”Looking at our team, it is exciting to see what we are going to do next year,” Pittz said. “We’ve got six freshman who have all been worthy of playing time this year, so it will be fun to see them become sophomores and keep moving up. And we have some great leaders coming back who will be seniors.”

Roaring Fork finished 3-6-3 in the WSL and 4-6-3 overall.”We are a really young team, so I am excited to see how these kids do,” said Udall. “It is great to get four wins with a really young team and have freshman out here scoring goals.”The Rams will be losing four seniors including Udall and Hernandez, but also have a bright future ahead.”They have been great mentors and really contributed to this team through the years,” said Roaring Fork head coach John Ackerman of his seniors. “We’ve got a great young group coming up. I am really excited about that.”

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