Soccer Rams roll to 7-1 win at Rifle
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
RIFLE, Colorado – Tommy Adgate couldn’t have scripted a better debut.
Playing for the first time as a Roaring Fork Ram after transferring from Colorado Rocky Mountain School, the senior found net four times in a 7-1 boys soccer win at Rifle on a soggy Tuesday.
“I don’t think I could have asked for a much better start with these guys,” said Adgate, who had to sit out the first half of the season because of Colorado High School Activities Association rules governing transfers. “I wish I could have gotten out here a bit earlier with these guys, but you can’t always get what you want.”
Good things followed Adgate’s lengthy wait.
After teammate Lalo Clemente scored on an assist from Ben Carpenter just seven minutes into Tuesday’s contest, Adgate erupted for four consecutive goals to give the Rams a 5-0 lead heading into halftime.
An aggressive Roaring Fork offense made habit of peppering the Rifle net with shots on goal.
“We have a very offensive mindset,” Adgate said. “I think it works for us. … I think we really work well together up top, and it showed in this game.”
Enrique Abarca scored on a header and Sam Carpenter rebounded his own shot for a score in the second half to round out the scoring for the Rams.
Sam Carpenter finished the day with three assists. Ben Carpenter, Jack Fisher and Fernando Pacheco also had helpers for Roaring Fork, which improved to 4-4 overall and to 3-1 in the 3A Western Slope League.
“It was just a great team effort,” first-year Rams coach Aaron Anderson said. “It’s just coming together, with all the young guys.”
Ivan Suarez, playing in his first varsity game this season, found net for Rifle. Geo Munoz assisted.
“We’ve had worse games,” Bears coach Richard Carter said. “For the most part, they did what we want them to do and what we’ve been practicing, and that’s possessing the ball and being patient.”
Rifle, which dropped to 4-6-1 overall and to 3-2 in league play, hosts Colorado Rocky Mountain School on Thursday. Roaring Fork hosts Glenwood Springs the same day. Both games are at 4 p.m.
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