Titans take one from Oysters, 2-0
CARBONDALE – Scoring chances were few and far between and play centered around midfield, but Coal Ridge converted a couple of set pieces to snag a 2-0 boys soccer win at Colorado Rocky Mountain School on Thursday.A corner and free kick proved the difference on a drizzly afternoon in Carbondale, with Max Peterson heading home a goal off a corner kick seven minutes in and Fernando Alvarado shrewdly rolling in a free kick in the second half.”We took advantage of our set opportunities,” Titans coach Brian Blair said. “I thought we’d get more opportunities in regular play. We had some, but we just didn’t finish.”Peterson’s shot struck just enough inside the crossbar to send it down and into goal. And the resulting 1-0 score stood for quite some time, even with a Coal Ridge penalty kick just before the half. Denied by CRMS keeper Frank Adgate on the shot, Alvarado would exact revenge later.Roughly 20 minutes into the second half, Alvarado got his chance after Coal Ridge earned a free kick a few yards back of the 18-yard box. While setting up his kick, he noticed something.”The wall wasn’t lined up,” said Alvarado, referring to the line of Oyster defenders set up to alter the shot. “It was just a line shot that capitalized on the mistake.”And that put the game out of reach, giving the Titans a victory that upped their record to 4-6 overall and to 2-5 in the Class 3A Western Slope League.The key to Thursday’s win is a renewed work ethic, said Coal Ridge’s J.J. Riddile.”We haven’t been playing really hard in recent games,” the junior conceded. “I think we finally realized we want to win games. Starting this week, we’ve been working really hard, and it paid off in the end (today).”Alvarado added that selfish play plagued the Titans in the early going.”People wanted to be All-Stars,” he explained. “Now, people are playing trying to get other people to score instead of just themselves.”CRMS didn’t put together anything promising in terms of set pieces, but senior Kirti Math nearly kicked himself a goal in the first half, striking the crossbar with a 25-yard blast.But that was as close as the Oysters, still searching for their first win at 0-6-1, would get to a goal.”It was a good game,” CRMS coach Dan Pittz said. “It was very back and forth. … They got a corner kick and a free kick. Those are tough things, when it comes down to a couple of feet, milliseconds.”
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