PARACHUTE, Colorado - Surprised could have described how Eric Sarno felt Tuesday afternoon. Stunned would probably describe it better.
Not that Sarno is complaining, especially after his Grand Valley High School girls soccer team opened the game with nine unanswered goals in the first half on its way to a 15-2 victory over Colorado Rocky Mountain School in the season opener for both teams.
"I didn't know what to expect," the second-year coach of the Cardinals said. "We were in two battles with them last year. I mean, for these girls to have a seven- or eight-goal lead is just incredible."
Ashlynn Speakman scored four goals and Kyra Chenoweth and Lauren Paskett each finished with a hat trick for Grand Valley, which jumped to a 9-0 lead with just a little more than eight minutes remaining before halftime.
"We executed very, very well," Sarno said. "These girls are hungry. This program has never been to the playoffs before, and I think this was a good statement to make."
Josie Horn scored the only two goals of the game for CRMS (0-1-0 overall and Class 3A Western Slope League play), the first coming on far-post shot from the right side of the goal and the second opening the scoring for the Oysters in the second half.
The Cardinals (1-0-0) kept on scoring, though, as Hannah Cornelius, Randi Sheridan, Jordanne Williams and Tarianna Lawrence each added to the total on the scoreboard.
The Oysters will try to make a quick recovery on Thursday when they play Roaring Fork in another league match. Grand Valley is off until next Tuesday when the Cardinals play at Moffat County.
HOTCHKISS, Colorado - Triston Quigley and Wyatt Robinson each hit solo home runs and Danny Bartels pitched four solid innings of relief on the mound, helping Rifle beat Hotchkiss 10-6 on Tuesday afternoon.
Quigley finished 2-for-2 at the plate with a pair of stolen bases and a sacrifice fly. Bartels pitched four scoreless innings to earn the save, striking out eight with of pair of walks.
Bartels also scored twice and had a pair of stolen bases for the Bears (1-1) who don't play again until next Tuesday when they host Grand Valley.