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Titans power past visiting Rams

Jeff Caspersen
jcaspersen@postindependent.com
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
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PEACH VALLEY, Colorado ” Sticking with a play she could have just as easily bailed on, Ashlie Bowles powered forward.

With a Roaring Fork defender doing everything in her power to disrupt Bowles’ run, the Coal Ridge sophomore advanced deep into the zone and tallied a breakaway goal.

Even after briefly losing possession of the ball.



It was that kind of day for Bowles and the Titans, who dominated the possession battle and kept peppering the Rams with shots-on-goal.

Coal Ridge went on to score five of the game’s next six goals after Bowles’ early score to polish off a 6-1 girls soccer win over visiting Roaring Fork on a sunny Saturday in Peach Valley.



“We’ve been playing really well,” said Titans coach Brian Blair, whose team finished off a 2-0-1 week. “I felt like this was a pretty good week. We spent a lot of energy (at Basalt) Thursday, so to control the action out there was pretty nice.”

Bowles, who followed up her perseverance-powered tally with another goal and an assist, said Thursday’s trip to Basalt, which produced a 4-all tie, was actually a source of energy. The Titans had never really played close with the perennial Western Slope powerhouse Longhorns.

“That was the funnest game most of us had played,” Bowles said. “They’re like the 11-time defending champions. It hyped us up to play them. We came off the bus ready to play.”

And that seemed to carry over into the weekend.

With Bowles scoring the first two goals and Erica Ruiz adding another just before halftime, the Titans took a 3-0 lead into the break.

Chelsie Ryan made it 4-0 with a Tracy Pihl-assisted strike 7 minutes, 7 seconds into the second half before Roaring Fork got on the board with a Hanna Burleigh-assisted goal by Kholi Jewkes less than three minutes later.

Coal Ridge’s Melessa Starbuck (Bowles assist) and Alicia Cokley (Bella Barnum assist) rounded out the scoring with late goals as the Titans improved to 3-0-1 overall and to 2-0-1 in the 3A Western Slope League (Region 4).

Roaring Fork, meanwhile, dropped to 0-4-0, overall and in league play. With injuries and eligibility issues, the Rams had a short bench to work with. The school recently dropped its junior varsity team, opting to field just a varsity squad.

“It’s been real tough,” Roaring Fork coach Ivone Munoz said. “We have 16 players and we started with 30 players.”

Still, Munoz felt her players soldiered on the best they could on Saturday.

“They put in 100 percent of what we asked them to do,” she said. “I feel like we’re getting better.”

Roaring Fork welcomes Grand Valley to Carbondale on Monday. Coal Ridge, which just got its spring break underway, returns to the pitch April 7 at Rangely.


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