Second-half fireworks send Rams past Skiers
The Aspen Times
CARBONDALE — Aspen coach Dave Francis could not wait to address the team after Tuesday’s soccer match at Roaring Fork High School.
Francis vocally extolled the virtues of the Skiers, who made a lasting impression on their first-year head coach.
“I thought we were really fantastic (Tuesday),” Francis said after his encouraging words to the AHS boys soccer team. “This was the first time it looked like we really started to put everything into practice.”
The scoreboard, as he told his team, showed a Roaring Fork victory — 5-2.
But the scoreboard was not the only measure of this match, he said.
“At this stage of the season, I couldn’t be happier with this performance,” Francis said after watching an explosive second half that produce six goals — including back-to-back scores on Aspen corner kicks.
Just 3 minutes after Roaring Fork had stretched a 1-0 halftime lead to 2-0, the Skiers converted their first corner kick of the match into a header goal from junior Edwin Soto on a perfect set up from Joel Brice.
Two minutes later, after forcing another corner kick, Soto scored again on a double-ricochet header — again set up on a perfect corner placement from Brice.
The goal tied the match in the 51st minute.
“The effort to go in and win the ball was excellent,” Francis said. “For a good percentage of that game, we put them under a lot of pressure.”
Roaring Fork took a 3-2 lead with 17 minutes left in the 80-minute match when Ben Carpenter scored the second goal in what would be a hat trick for the Roaring Fork junior.
Carpenter scored his third goal on a header on a Rams corner kick.
Gustavio Olivia added Roaring Fork’s final goal on another corner-kick header in the 71st minute.
“I thought we might get a third one (goal) from the corner,” Francis said. “But they are an excellent team. To see us perform the way we did against such a good team is fantastic.”
The Skiers had 11 shots against Roaring Fork’s 20 shots.
Juan Clement scored Roaring Fork’s first goal late in the first half after taking a pass from Carpenter.
The Skiers, 1-2-0 overall, will play at 11 a.m. Saturday when they host Vail Mountain School.
Roaring Fork, 3-1-0, will host Delta on Thursday afternoon.
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