Roaring Fork rallies for 3-1 win at VMS
EAST VAIL — Click.
That was the sound of Roaring Fork soccer flipping the switch on against the Vail Mountain School.
Three second-half goals put the Rams in the driver’s seat in the 3A Slope with a 3-1 victory over the VMS on Saturday at Bandoni Alumni Field.
“It’s pretty exciting,” Rams coach Nick Forbes said. “That first half, we showed up a little asleep, I think. I know my boys can play. Their one problem is that sometimes they don’t switch on. I think that getting that goal getting scored on them early woke them up a bit.”
Vail Mountain’s Dylan Cunningham fed Clay Kirwood early and the all seemed well in Gore Rangers Land. As some 3A Slope teams do, Roaring Fork was having issues with size of the pitch and the speed of the turf at Bandoni Alumni Field.
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Forbes said he had a few words with his boys during the half, and the Rams seemed to get the gist.
“We started fighting for every ball,” Roaring Fork’s Erik Carrillo said. “The team played as a whole. We started getting the breaks and the momentum changed.”
And master Carrillo scored Roaring Fork’s first two goals.
Ben Carpenter iced it late.
“It’s amazing,” Carpenter said. “All the hard work we’ve been putting in is finally paying off. Vail’s a great team. They have great talent on their team, great coaching. It’s always tough playing up here. We pulled through in the end.”
Meanwhile, after scoring early, the well dried up for VMS.
“If anything, I felt we did a great job of possessing the ball,” VMS coach Pete Petrovski said. “We just couldn’t finish. We had four headers we couldn’t put on frame. We had eight of shots we put over the goal that came from within the 18. It really came down to not finishing. We knew they were going to counter. They did it, and they scored effectively. We didn’t put the ball in the back of the net.”
And Roaring Fork’s win capped a huge week for the Rams with conference wins over Basalt, Aspen and VMS. Roaring Fork is 3-0 in the 3A Slope, while both VMS and Coal Ridge stand at 5-1. (VMS beat Coal Ridge last Saturday.)
Roaring Fork hosts Rifle on Tuesday, while the Gore Rangers get a visit from Moffat County. Not that anyone’s looking ahead, but Coal Ridge is at Roaring Fork on Oct. 14.
Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934, firstname.lastname@example.org and @cfreud.