Vail goal downs Rams in last two minutes
CARBONDALE – The score was locked at one and it looked like the boys Vail Mountain-Roaring Fork soccer game was heading into overtime with only injury time remaining on the clock.But Tucker Shelden and Tony Ryerson had different thoughts. With less than two minutes left, Shelden centered a ball to Ryerson who rolled it into the corner of the net, lifting the Gore Rangers over the Rams, 2-1, on Thursday.Torrey Udall made 17 saves in the game for Roaring Fork, but couldn’t quite reach the winning shot. Vail Mountain fired another 10 shots in the game that either flew over the goal or wide of it, missing the back of the net by less than a foot. No matter how many shots Vail got, Roaring Fork kept finding ways to get the ball out of its zone.”Credit to the opponent,” Vail Mountain coach Bob Bandoni said of Roaring Fork. “They were just stubborn as could be. We had so many chances to score, so many chances.”The Gore Rangers got on the board quick, scoring a little over four minutes into the game when Shelden centered another ball to Ruben Saucedo who scored on a one-on-one with Udall less than 5 yards from the goal. Three minutes later, the Rams evened up the score on an Alex Hernandez penalty kick. Gore Ranger keeper Jordy Coffey made an initial deflection, but the ball shot up and bounced between the crossbar and the goal line like a pinball before going in.Scoring chances for both teams declined until the 25-minute mark in the second half. Vail bombarded the Rams’ goal, but Udall punched out three shots in 20 seconds to keep the game tied. On the other end of the field, Roaring Fork had a few shots on goal, but all were knocked out by the heads of Shelden and David Deline, who towered above the young Rams.”Being young has lent itself to still making mistakes,” said Ram head coach Hal Templeton, who has 13 underclassmen on his roster. “Playing Vail was nice because I felt that it was evenly matched today. The kids are working harder on looking up and the communication, but the passing is what sold it for us today. For (Roaring Fork) to be able to transition out of the back – it was fun to see (the Rams) have success with that.”Just when it looked like the game would go to OT, Ryerson tapped in the game winner. But Roaring Fork didn’t give up, instead the Rams charged down the field in one last attempt to tie it up. Hernandez took it down the side and then passed back to a wide open Diego Rubio. Rubio lined up a sent a rocket that buzzed the side post and soared out of bounds. The Rams were awarded a corner kick, but when it didn’t go in, the final whistle blew.”We played great. We gave it 100 percent, but were are just a little team from a little school, but we all played together,” Hernandez said. “Vail was a good team. They played hard, they played clean, they deserve to win. We never give up. We always fight. We always fight for the ball.”Roaring Fork will be back on the field on Saturday when it hosts Coal Ridge at 11 a.m.
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