Young tallies two goals to lead Rams past CRMS

Phil Sandoval

CARBONDALE – Roaring Fork girls soccer coach Gail Rippe said the Rams have a problem “walking away with games,” when it comes to putting away opponents.

On Thursday, Erin Young’s two goals, along with a key defensive play in the first half, allowed Roaring Fork to strut, rather than sweat its way to a 4-2 victory over cross-town rival Colorado Rocky Mountain School.

Young’s goal in the 21st minute gave Roaring Fork a 2-0 lead against the Pearls. Earlier, Megan Zeigel scored the game’s first goal on a solo run down the left wing in the 15th minute.

CRMS’s Halley Keating scored the first of two goals the freshman would have right after Young’s score, cutting the Rams lead to 2-1 at intermission.

In the second half, Young kept the Rams in the lead by hustling back defensively to stop CRMS’s Halley Keating on a promising solo run at the Roaring Fork net.

The save maintained the Rams’ slim lead.

Two minutes later, Roaring Fork raised its lead to 3-1 when Chelsea Tiernan scored on a penalty kick to the far post after a CRMS defender committed a hand-ball violation in the penalty area.

But, as Rippe said, the Rams could not come up with the knockout blow to put the Pearls away.

Keating, who scored both CRMS goals, put the Pearls within striking distance on an unassisted goal in the 66th minute. The CRMS freshman intercepted a clearing pass on the right side of the penalty area and fired a shot beyond Ram keeper Jazz Leslie’s grasp to reduce Roaring Fork’s lead back to 3-2.

But, with the game winding down to its final minutes, Young came to the Rams’ rescue.

Young iced the game with just under 3 minutes left with a shot from the top of the box that went under Pearl goalie Maryanna Jensen for the game’s final score.

Both teams resume league play on Saturday morning. Roaring Fork hosts Vail Mountain School and CRMS travels to Basalt. Both games are scheduled for 11 a.m. kickoffs.

Roaring Fork 4, CRMS 2

CRMS 1 1-2

Roaring Fork 2 2-4

RF-Megan Zeigel (unassisted), 15:21; RF-Erin Young (Tarn Udall), 21:49; CRMS-Halley Keating (unassisted), 22:37; RF-Chelsea Tiernan (penalty kick), 57:38; CRMS-Keating (unassisted), 62:26; RF-Young (Udall), 77:09.

Rifle 2, Battle Mountain 0

RIFLE – The Rifle Bears girls soccer team kept a grip on second place in the Class 4A Western Slope League with a 2-0 shutout of Battle Mountain here Thursday.

Both goals came in the second half of the contest, with Alicia Kuhns notching a goals with 23 minutes remaining and Megan Creegan netting the insurance goal with just over 2 minutes left in the game.

Rifle (6-2-1 WSL, 7-4-1 overall) travels to Cedaredge for a league game Tuesday.

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