Coal Ridge wins big under the lights
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
PEACH VALLEY, Colorado – Playing under the lights on the school’s football field, Coal Ridge’s boys soccer team had a prime chance to showcase its talent on Thursday.
And a showcase is what the Titans delivered.
Celebrating homecoming week with pizzazz, the Titans rolled to a 10-0 win over Grand Valley.
Alfonso Hernandez, Carlos Rodriguez and Jorge Hernandez each scored twice as Coal Ridge, which recently moved up to No. 5 in The Denver Post’s latest 3A rankings, rode teammwork to a lopsided triumph.
“I think we played really well,” Rodriguez said. “Team-wise, the ball was moving around really good. It was homecoming. It was really important. We had a lot of fans, too. It was pretty awesome.”
Those fans saw firsthand just what kind of season their Titans, now 7-0, are having.
And the fireworks began early.
Just 1 minute, 35 seconds into the contest, Coal Ridge set the tone for what would be a high-scoring night. Making a run into the right corner, Rodriguez lofted a cross to teammate Alfonso Hernandez, who used his body to deflect the ball into the net.
“Our coach always tells us to get it to the outside and cross it if you can,” Rodriguez said. “He tells us to look for the pass. That’s exactly what I did.”
Just over three minutes later, Dale Bauer blasted a 25-yard free kick into the net to make it 2-0.
The Titans didn’t let up from there.
Chris Teglas banged home a header in the aftermath of a corner kick in the 17th minute. Teglas celebrated with flair, thrusting his arms into the air and then lifting his shirt up as he sprinted toward midfield.
In the 36th minute, Hernandez reciprocated Rodriguez’s goal-producing cross from earlier in the night, sending a cross Rodriguez’s way. With a sliding kick, the latter converted Coal Ridge’s fourth goal.
Just before halftime, Hernandez added his second goal to make it 5-0 at the break.
The avalanche of goals continued in the second half.
In the 47th minute, the Titans added their sixth goal. This time, Sam Klomhaus found Jorge Hernandez with a cross that resulted in a score.
Rodriguez scored roughly two minutes later to make it 7-0 and scores by Christian Delgadillo, Jorge Hernandez and goalkeeper Tyler Guettler rounded out the final count.
Yes, even the goalkeeper scored.
Guettler left the 18-yard box and put in some minutes on the field late in the game. His strike kicked the mercy rule into effect, ending the game with seven minutes left on the clock.
If his team plays like it did on Thursday, Coal Ridge coach Brian Blair thinks his Titans can compete with anybody.
“We started to move the ball around the right way,” he said. “I just like it when the ball touches everybody’s foot and it touches all parts of the field. When we play like that, I’m very encouraged. Right now, we’re doing that. As long as we keep it going, I think that’s the type of soccer than can win any game because that’s what good teams do.”
Grand Valley, in its first year of play at the varsity level, dropped to 1-7 overall.
“We showed some improvement,” Cardinals coach Juan Rivera said. “We had more order. There is frustration because they want to win, but they are playing better.”
On deck for Rivera’s side is next Thursday’s homecoming game against Rifle.
Rifle is Coal Ridge’s next opponent as well. The Titans will travel to face the Bears on Saturday.
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