Roaring Fork soccer team defeats Grand Junction Central
CARBONDALE – Last year, the Rams did it in Grand Junction.This year, they did it at home.The Roaring Fork soccer team scored two early goals on its way to a 3-1 victory over Grand Junction Central. Quite a feat, since the Rams are a Class 3A team and Central is 5A. Also quite a feat since it has happened two years in a row.”We have done it before so I thought we could do it again,” said Roaring Fork’s Eric Olivas. That confidence was clear right off the bat, as the Rams scored their first goal 12 minutes in. It was a textbook give-and-go from Aarick Zeigel to Olivas back to Zeigel and past Central goalie Tyler Felker.Three minutes later, Roaring Fork forward Alex Hernandez broke loose, creating a one-on-one with Felker. As the two collided, Hernandez was tripped up by Felker, who was given a yellow card and had to momentarily leave the game. Midfielder Chris Thomas came in as goalie to try to stop a penalty kick from Ram Miguel Gonzalez, but Gonzalez snuck a roller inside the right post.Just like that, the Rams went up 2-0.”That is two years in a row they have taken it to us,” said Central head coach Larry Johnson. “I expected more from my boys, but I am going to give all the credit to Roaring Fork. They played a great game. I am very impressed with what they are doing.”Central got on the board late in the first half when Casey Johnson dumped the ball to Thomas, who went from stopping goals to scoring them with a line drive past Roaring Fork goalie Torrey Udall.Olivas scored the game’s final goal 17 minutes into the second half, racing down the field for a one-on-one against Felker. When the two met, they hit so hard they both went down. When Olivas looked up from the ground, he watched the ball roll into Central’s open net.”I thought I was offsides, but I just kept going at it,” Olivas said of the goal. “The goalie came out at me and I tried to shoot as soon as possible and I got the ball off in time.” A top-notch performance from Udall, along with high-quality Ram defense and great passing between the Roaring Fork forwards, was enough to keep Central at bay the rest of the contest.”The passing. The second half the passing was just fantastic,” said Roaring Fork head coach John Ackerman. “The combination play between Miguel and Christian (Campos) towards the end there, they were connecting. Dalton (Handy), a freshman, he was on fire, just positioning and passing.”Roaring Fork, which went 1-1-1 this week and is now 2-5-3 overall, will return to 3A Western Slope League play with a game Saturday at Basalt.
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