Faith Christian KOs Roaring Fork
Pulling off an upset of the top-ranked team in the state is tough enough. Give up a three-goal cushion, and the task becomes nearly impossible.No. 1 seed Faith Christian got two goals apiece from Eric Bushaw and Michael Lind, and the Eagles scored three goals in the first five minutes before No. 16 Roaring Fork Rams found its footing Thursday afternoon in Arvada. It was too late though, as Faith Christian. went on for a 4-1 victory in the first round of the Class 3A boys soccer state tournament.The three goals were the type Rams goalie Tory Udall has typically gobbled up this season, but the Eagles made the most of their home-field advantage.Faith Christian got on the board in the first minute. Udall made the initial save but slipped in the goalie box as the ball dribbled in the net. Less than a minute later, a shot lofted in the low sun found its way into the net, and the Eagles took a 3-0 lead with a free kick that found its way through a defensive wall before squeaking in five minutes into the game.”Those first three goals were no one’s fault, it’s just the game of soccer,” Roaring Fork coach Chris Woods said. “Tory was upset with himself, but he saved us so many times this season and had some great saves in the second half. He’s got three more years at Roaring Fork, and he’s a great goalkeeper.”Roaring Fork cut the lead to 3-1 with a goal by Miguel Mondragon nine minutes into the game. The Rams nearly made it a one-goal contest but missed just wide on a breakaway, according to Woods.Faith got the final goal of the game in the 11th minute, a pretty header off a corner kick.”We really started to play well and settle in,” Woods said. “The last 10 minutes of the first and all of the second we matched them shot for shot.”Faith Christian (16-0) advances to play the winner of No. 8 Pagosa Springs and No. 9 Holy Family in the quarterfinals. Roaring Fork finishes the season with a record of 6-9-2. “I’m really proud of the boys and the season,” Woods said. “We had such a good roll, and to make the state 16 is a big achievement.””They came a long way from the beginning of the season,” he added. “They became a team.”
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