Tak nets winner as CRMS upends Rams
CARBONDALE – Better play, but not yet complete. It was a feeling shared on both sidelines after Colorado Rocky Mountain School edged past Roaring Fork 2-1 in the first meeting between the school’s boys soccer teams this season. The win evened CRMS’ record to 1-1 overall and in the Class 3A Western Slope League. Roaring Fork is 0-2 in league play and overall.”We were not playing smart. We were just kicking (the ball) around,” said CRMS coach Tory Ammarillo of the Oysters first-half play. “Once we settled down and started playing smarter we played much better.”
Instead of the mild offensive attack CRMS displayed in the game’s first 40 minutes, the Oysters came out shooting after intermission. After both teams combined for just eight shots on goal in the first half, Tak Sasaki fired the first salvo at Rams goalie Torrey Udall three minutes into the second period.Udall made the save, but the shooting barrage continued the rest of the way.Sasaki scored the game-winning goal with just over 10 minutes left to play. That’s not to take away from the strong play of Udall and the Rams defense.
For 26 minutes of action after CRMS revved up their attack, Roaring Fork managed to maintain the 1-all tie. Over that stretch Udall made eight of his 11 saves in the contest.In the first half, Sung-Ho Kim beat Udall to the low, left post for CRMS’ first goal in the 26th minute. The Rams’ Alex Hernandez created the tie less than 90 seconds later with a slow, curling shot to the post.But, in the second half, the offensive pressure of CRMS was too much for Udall to handle by himself.Two minutes after making a sparkling stop on the Oysters Hank Myers to the near post, then reversing his direction back toward the opposite side of the net to grab the rebound, the tide had turned.
Sasaki weave his way past two Rams defenders on the far right side of the field, then popped home the game-winner on a low shot that flicked off Udall’s outreached hands to the corner of the far post.”Tak is an athlete. He’s got some moves and he earned that goal for sure,” said Ammarillo.Hal Templeton, Roaring Fork’s first-year head coach, said the play developed from a defensive mistake. “We mis-marked. We definitely made a mistake and (Sasaki) was open for a shot. It’s something we have to work on.”Defensive miscues, the coach added, led to both of CRMS’ scores. “We made a couple of mistakes that cost us goals. But, otherwise, I think we communicated better today,” Templeton. “They could see the field a bit better and their first touch was a lot nicer.”
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