Titans win another title
CARBONDALE — After wrapping up the 3A Western Slope League soccer title with a commanding 4-0 win over Roaring Fork on Tuesday, the waiting game is on for the Coal Ridge High School girls soccer team to see who it will play in the opening round of the state playoffs next week.
At the same time, the Titans’ focus over the course of the next week will be fully on maintaining their momentum for a run at a possible state title. And, at 14-1-0, Coal Ridge should be looking at a favorable seed entering the postseason.
“We’re playing well,” Coal Ridge coach Micah Herron said after his team took care of business against a tough Rams squad on the road. “At this point, it’s about being disciplined and playing together.”
The Titans got down to business early in the Tuesday match when Aileen Galaviz-Vega zeroed in on a rebound from teammate Paige Ryan’s boot in the opening minutes of play and found the back of the net.
Nine minutes in, senior Sarah Solinger scored the team’s second goal, and the Titans were off and running.
“It feels really good to get the league title,” Solinger said. “Now it’s just a matter of keeping up the pace with the ball, and working together as a team. We did that here today.”
Jackie Collins also scored in the 25th minute to give Coal Ridge a 3-0 advantage at the half. Meanwhile, Roaring Fork never managed a first-half shot.
But, at 11-2-1 overall and 5-2-1 in league play, the Rams still have a good shot at the league’s third spot and a playoff berth of their own. Roaring Fork closes out the regular season at home Thursday against Aspen.
“It will be a battle for the third and fourth spots,” Roaring Fork coach Heather Fox said. “I just wish we had those first 20 minutes back tonight. We just came out a little too hesitant, and we really haven’t seen a team like that yet.”
Basalt picked up a 2-1 victory over Aspen on Tuesday, bringing the Longhorns (5-6-1, 5-2-1) into a tie for third place in the league standings. While Aspen plays against Roaring Fork on Thursday, Basalt will go to Parachute to play second-place Grand Valley (11-2-0, 7-1-0). The Cardinals are riding a school-record 10-game winning streak.
The Rams top scorer, junior Emily Fisher, was also hobbled by an ankle injury she sustained in a rescheduled game at Moffat County on Monday, in which the Rams won, 3-1.
“It’s hard to play back-to-back games. I kind of wish we could have seen this team yesterday when we were fresh,” Fox said.
She credited her squad applying more pressure up front in the second half and tightening up on the defensive end.
Coal Ridge did manage one more goal in the final 40 minutes of play when Solinger scored her second goal of the afternoon in the 57th minute.
Herron said he likes what he sees as the Titans enter the playoffs.
“They’re a teachable group and they’re hungry, and when you combine those good things happen,” he said. “Now, it’s about not being complacent and not being OK with where we’re at.”
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