Roaring Fork pulls off upset over Longhorns
CARBONDALE – Roaring Fork High School head soccer coach Mike Baumli used the word “miraculous” when talking about Tuesday night’s game against Basalt.
He wasn’t referring to the game so much as the outcome of the game and his team’s maturing process.
The Rams, who nearly didn’t field a team this season and entered the contest without a victory in 3A Western Slope League play, upset No. 7-ranked Basalt 2-1 at Roaring Fork High School.
“I am so damn happy I’m on the verge of tears right now,” Baumli said after the game. “This team just keeps getting better and better. These kids showed a lot of heart and I couldn’t be prouder.”
Roaring Fork (1-5 WSL, 2-8 overall) got on the scoreboard quickly with a goal from Erick Hernandez in the first minute of play.
Basalt (6-1, 8-3) evened the score in the second half but Arnold Hernandez regained the lead for Roaring Fork on a penalty shot shortly thereafter.
Led by senior sweeper Ben Wright, Roaring Fork played solid defense throughout the game and also had a strong showing from goalie Matt Pucak, according to Baumli.
“(Wright) has got bruises all over him,” Baumli said. “I’m proud of all my seniors, but particularly our captain.”
Pucak recently moved to the goaltending position, replacing Jon Holton who the Rams “needed in the field,” according to Baumli.
“I think we really caught Basalt off guard in the first half,” Baumli said. “Toward the end they were gaining control, but our kids hung in there on defense and we got good goaltending.
“The team is coming together like brothers. They’re playing like brothers and starting to fight together.”
Roaring Fork’s game Thursday against Palisade has been cancelled. So the Rams’ next game is a rematch against Basalt Saturday in Basalt with action beginning at 11 a.m.
In other area soccer, Colorado Rocky Mountain School fell to Vail Mountain 2-1 at the CRMS.
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