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Titan freshman nets hat trick

Joelle MilholmGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado
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PEACH VALLEY – One game, one hat trick.Not a bad start to Chelsie Ryan’s high school soccer career.The freshman scored three goals, all three of the game, lifting the Coal Ridge girls over Roaring Fork on Monday.The game, which was a make-up from a weather postponed game on March 8, was the first of the season for the Titans and the third for Roaring Fork (0-3).

After netting two goals in the first half, Ryan rung up her third with 4:35 remaining in the game. After Staci Baker stole a Ram pass, she cleared it down the field to Ryan.Ryan was left with a one-on-one against Roaring Fork goalie Alli Zeigel, who knocked down Ryan’s first attempt, but couldn’t recover.”I shot and she dropped the ball and it went behind her, so I ran behind her and took it to the goal,” Ryan said.The first goal of the game came at 32:23 when the Titans centered the ball. After a few moments of Coal Ridge players trying to get control of the ball, Ryan got a foot on it and sent a roller into the far side of the net.From the right side of midfield, Kelly Romero dropped the ball perfectly in front of Ryan, who pounded it into the back of the net.

“It was all work,” Coal Ridge head coach Brian Blair said of Ryan’s goals. “Two out of those three goals were just ‘I want the ball more than the other person’ and that’s what she gives us, speed and effort.”The Rams, who played most of the first half on their defensive end, got three shots on goal in a two-minute stretch in the middle of the first half, but all were stopped by Titan goalie Tori Verdieck.Roaring Fork’s best scoring opportunity came in the closing seconds of the opening half, but Verdieck came out of goal to make a sliding save and help Coal Ridge take a 2-0 lead at half.In the second half, the Rams came out fighting and actually out-shot the Titans, 5-3.



“The first half was really dominated by Coal Ridge,” said Roaring Fork head coach Brad Zeigel. “The goal all season is to play better every half. We challenged them at half and they really did that. The second half was phenomenal. Some real good shots and some real good chances.”At the 12-minute mark in the second half, Ram Kathy Vega had one of those chances, but sent a chip shot over the net. One minute later, Roaring Fork fired another good shot on goal, but it was blocked by a diving Verdieck. Verdieck, a freshman who filled in for Vanessa Hinojos (ineligible) in goal, made nine saves in the shutout.”It’s nice to have two talented goalies.” Blair said. Alli Zeigel made eight saves for the Rams, who were also aided by defender Swan Clapper who, with an open net behind her in the first half, saved a goal by forcing the ball out of bounds.Coal Ridge will be back on the field when they travel to play Grand Junction Central at 3 p.m. on Thursday. Roaring Fork won’t have much of a break, as the Rams will host the Basalt Longhorns today at 4 p.m.


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