CONIFER, Colorado - Goalkeeper Bella Diaz played a big part in the scoring for the Glenwood Springs High School girls soccer team against Conifer on Saturday.
That's right. The scoring.
Diaz had the assist on Lilly McSwain's goal in the 30th minute, then had 12 saves in goal against the Lobos in the Demons' 1-0 non-league road victory.
"I can remember one time in 1992 when that happened on a long punt," Glenwood coach Steve White said, recalling a Glenwood boys soccer match he coached.
Diaz was playing in place of Rachel Rosenberg, who suffered a concussion on a collision in the goal box during the Demons' Class 4A Western Slope League 3-1 home loss to Steamboat Springs on Thursday. She recorded six saves in the first half and six in the second, helping the Demons (7-2-0 overall) rebound from the setback.
Her assist came on a long overhand throw to McSwain, who streaked down the narrow field and knocked it into the net for the only goal of the game.
"It's really satisfying to go the the Front Range against a quality team like Conifer and come away with a victory," White said. "It's just an accomplishment we're excited to have."
Conifer, which plays in the typically tough Jefferson County League, dropped to 2-7-0 overall with the loss.
The Demons play their next match at 4 p.m. Monday, a makeup match against Delta at Stubler Memorial Field.
CARBONDALE, Colorado - Nayeli Alfaro broke a scoreless tie with a goal in the 67th minute off a pass from Emily Fischer, and Madison Handy pitched a shutout in goal for Roaring Fork in the Rams' 1-0 Class 3A Western Slope League victory over Basalt.
Fischer's pass to Alfaro came out of a crowd in front of the net. Basalt's goalkeeper had come out of net, and Alfaro punched it in for the only score of the match.
"They came out and looked really good," Roaring Fork coach Heather Fox said of Basalt. "I think our girls might have been thinking back to when we beat them 5-0. We weren't clocking. At halftime, we kind of regrouped and realized if we were going to win, we had to settle down a little bit."
The Rams play a makeup match against Vail Christian on Monday, then will head to Craig to play Moffat County on Tuesday.
GRAND JUNCTION, Colorado - Palisade continued its march toward the Class 4A Western Slope League championship, limiting Rifle to just eight hits in two games in a doubleheader sweep of the Bears.
The Bulldogs won the opener, 3-0, behind pitcher Tass Crow, who struck out nine and walked none for Palisade (11-2, 8-0 league). Teig Hauer went the distance for Rifle, going the distance on the mound but allowing just one earned run.
In the second game, a 9-4 Palisade win, Triston Quigley had an RBI single and Danny Bartels had a two-run triple to put the Bears (6-6, 2-5) up 3-0. The Bulldogs, however, scored nine unanswered runs to come away with the sweep.
Rifle plays a makeup game against Glenwood Springs at 6:30 p.m. Monday in a game that was originally scheduled for April 16. Glenwood's home doubleheader against Steamboat Springs on Saturday was postponed due to poor field conditions and rescheduled for May 7.
OLATHE, Colorado - Jerome Pizzelli had a pair of 2-for-4 games at the plate for the Titans, who dropped a pair of 3A Western Slope League games to Olathe by identical 10-3 scores.
Pizzelli's two hits in the second game were a double and triple as Coal Ridge (1-8, 1-7 league) was shorthanded and had players missing due to illness.
The Titans play again Tuesday at home against Roaring Fork, then will play a makeup game against Aspen in El Jebel on Wednesday.