Cardinals beat Rifle, tie school record for wins |

Cardinals beat Rifle, tie school record for wins

In what proved to be a physical girls soccer game, Grand Valley held off host Rifle on Thursday, 2-0.

“Today was a battle,” Cardinals coach Eric Sarno said. “The girls were organized, confident on the ball and worked hard, so it was nice to see them rewarded with a win.”

Tarianna Lawrence found net off a free kick just before halftime and Kyra Chenoweth scored a goal in the 71st minute to round out the scoring. Chenoweth got the ball at the top of the box, turned a defender and finished on her strike.

“It was a solid group effort all around,” Sarno said. “I liked the possession we had throughout the match, and we created the majority of goal-scoring chances. We started pretty sluggish on Tuesday versus Rangely, so we wanted to make sure to come out strong and keep the foot on the gas.”

Grand Valley narrowly missed on a series of scoring chances in the first half before Lawrence struck.

“Rifle played better in the second half, but my defenders were outstanding,” Sarno said.

Goalkeepers Desi McGee and Erin Schuckers split the shutout.

With the win, the Cardinals tied the school record for victories. Grand Valley is now 4-3 overall.

“I’m proud of this group and I’m excited to see what comes,” Sarno said. “The girls are confident and playing well. If we continue to do the small things right, a playoff run should be in the works.”

On deck for Sarno’s squad is a game against visiting Grand Junction Central today at 4:30 p.m.

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