Soccer: Riverdale Ridge breaks into the win column

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Maybe it was a 2 ½-week break between matches.

Maybe it was a team reminder that an 0-5 start wasn’t as bad on paper as the record says. Four of those losses were by one goal, and the other was a 2-0 loss.

Whatever the reason, Riverdale Ridge’s soccer team had a reason to celebrate Sept. 21. The Ravens picked up their first win of the season, a 4-0, class 3A/4A Longs Peak League-opening win over Mountain View.

Omar Sanchez scored twice for RRHS. Diego Reyes and Kingston Kunselman also picked up goals.Goalkeeper Sebastian Delgadillo recorded the shutout win with five saves.

“We got one. It’s nice to get in the win column finally,” said RRHS coach Archie Suniga. “We knew we were not an 0-5 team. We weren’t good enough in front of the net. We had a good break, and we worked on a lot of things. We were one play away from winning most of those games.”

Most of the focus was in the front third of the offensive end of the field.

“We were doing everything right those first five games until we got to the attacking third. We just weren’t creative enough,” Suniga said. “We worked a lot on finishing in that attacking third. That was on me, what was going to suit us best.”

Suniga said RRHS was “a lot more creative” in that area of the field against Mountain View.

“We had better opportunities. We created a lot more, and we finally put those chances in the back of the net,” Suniga said. “It’s like football. You drive all the way to the end zone, and you can’t do anything. That was our problem. We moved it around. WE outshot the first five teams. We couldn’t convert them.”

The Ravens’ schedule is a little tougher this year, too.

“We knew coming into this year we were going to have a tougher schedule,” Suniga said. “We wanted to play better teams. If you want to be the best, you have to play them. Hopefully, that takes us into the league. We have some tough opponents with Northridge and Niwot. We have to step up to the challenge.”

Frederick pays a visit to Riverdale Ridge at 6:15 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29,

“We knew we weren’t a bad, 0-5 team. We were a good, 0-5 team. We were just a little unlucky,” Suniga said. “I knew this one would be a good one for them. Now you get that breath of, ‘We’re going to win a game.’ It’s a tough schedule.”

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