Coal Ridge secures 2nd straight league title
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
PEACH VALLEY, Colorado – There’s no taking it away now.
With a 2-1 win over visiting Vail Mountain on Thursday, Coal Ridge’s girls soccer team officially locked up its second consecutive 3A Western Slope League title.
“It feels good to have it,” Titans coach Brian Blair said. “It can’t be taken away, no matter what happens from here on. It’s in the bag.”
Coal Ridge didn’t have the easiest of time clinching, entering halftime in a scoreless tie with the Gore Rangers on Thursday.
Audrey Asplund changed all that early in the second half, though, drilling a 30-yard free kick for a goal and then later scoring on a penalty kick.
Up 2-0, the Titans were able to run out the clock.
Thursday’s game – Coal Ridge’s regular-season home finale – featured a ceremony honoring the team’s 10 seniors.
Blair said he couldn’t have asked for more from the senior group, which includes Tori Verdieck, Kourtney Mitchell, Brianna Rhodes, Sydney Wright, Audrey Asplund, Jill Refior, Sam Wilson, Drew Simonson, Chelsie Ryan and Amanda Yost.
“It’s just unbelievable what they’ve done for us,” he said. “Just thinking about the senior night celebration and looking at the set of parents who’ve been so supportive, looking at a long list of kids who made such a contribution to the program, it was huge. It’s definitely a special group.”
Next up for the Titans (12-0-2) is another meeting with Vail Mountain. They’ll play the Gore Rangers today at 4 p.m. in Vail.
After that, Coal Ridge will prepare for the Class 3A state playoffs. As league champions, the Titans will host at least a first-round game.
The Colorado High School Activities Association’s girls soccer seeding committee will meet Sunday to draw up brackets. First-round games for 3A are slated for Wednesday.
PEACH VALLEY, Colorado – Jumpstarted by a Ricardo Quezada grand slam and Michael Cash three-run home run, Rifle snuck away from Coal Ridge with a 15-14 baseball win on Wednesday.
Cash got the shootout started with his three-run blast in the first inning. Quezada cleared the fence with his grand slam in the second inning.
Rifle scored four runs apiece in the first and second innings, adding five in the fifth and two more in the seventh.
Coal Ridge put a run on the board in the first, five in the second, two in the third, two in the fifth, three in the sixth and one in the seventh.
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