Senior Rams score big – The Sopris Sun

By Diana Diaz
youth correspondent

It’s no secret that the Roaring Fork High School (RFHS) boys’ soccer team has made local fans proud. Last season, the team won the 2021 state championship – a historic moment for this small town that will certainly not be forgotten in a hurry.

That year, the boys’ soccer team reached the quarterfinals and played their last game of the postseason against Liberty Common in Fort Collins. Despite losing to Liberty, the Rams had a great season. They started their season strong, defeating neighboring Carbondale team, Colorado Rocky Mountain School, 10-0. Overall, the Rams have won 15 games this year and lost only three.

The first playoff game was against Bayfield, which the Rams won 5-2. Next, another win over James Irwin 3-0. Needless to say, the Rams were once again on the run ahead of the last game against Liberty Common.

The Sopris Sun recently asked varsity team head coach Nicholas Forbes a few questions.

“I tried to teach them a growth mentality. I want them to be intrinsically motivated to learn and grow as football players and as people. They are ultimately responsible for how much they can achieve,” Forbes began.

“This team will no longer be a ‘young’ team next season and they have the opportunity to win a title and make their own mark on the history of the school,” he continued. “It just comes down to how much they are willing to work for it, what their attitude is toward each other, and what education is required.”

Forbes also told The Sopris Sun a little about himself and how he started coaching football. “I had just graduated from Willamette University, where I had played third division football for four years,” he continued, “and still played a lot in the local indoor and outdoor leagues in the Valley.”

At the time, Cliff Colia was the director of RFHS and asked Forbes to apply for the junior varsity coaching position.

“I saw it as an opportunity to get more involved with football and also to find out if I liked teaching,” explained Forbes. “Now teaching at the Roaring Fork School District, I see myself more as a teacher and educator than a coach as I lead the Rams program, and I largely attribute the program’s success to that attitude.”

Seniors make up a large part of the football team. Most of them have been playing soccer for a long time — at least during high school — and will be missed as they graduate and move on to what comes next.

“I can’t thank them enough for their hard work over the past four years, both those who have been able to shine on the field and those who have put their heads down and worked hard behind the scenes to make the team better. said Forbes.

Forbes took the opportunity to offer some specific greetings. “But special credit should go to these seniors, starting with Emi Magana, who in his four years as a varsity starter had 55 goals – a record for RFHS – and 24 assists, two state finals and a league title. Daniel Vega was also an important part of these two finals and scored the decisive opening goal in last year’s semifinals,” the coach continued. “Max Brooke was a key defender… and showed great leadership and skills… And last but not least, Diego Loya who has been a great goalkeeper for us this year.”

Forbes summed it up, “Also a big thank you to all the seniors who will continue who weren’t mentioned.”

Over the past four years, the community has seen these players grow not just as players, but as people. Parents, mentors and friends of the team are justifiably proud of what has been achieved.


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