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Golden goal lifts Coal Ridge

Post Independent staff report
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

PEACH VALLEY, Colorado – Aspen just about had Tuesday’s girls soccer game at Coal Ridge wrapped up.

A Lauren Anderson goal just before halftime had given the Skiers a 1-0 lead. All they needed to do was keep the Titans off the board the rest of the way.

Easier said than done.



Kourtney Mitchell, whose second-half goal last Thursday lifted Coal Ridge to a 1-all draw with the Skiers in Aspen, worked her magic again. She scored with five minutes left, forcing overtime.

Needing a win to have a shot at a 3A Western Slope League title, the Skiers gambled in overtime.



“We decided we couldn’t have a tie,” Aspen coach John Gillies said. “We needed a win, so we pushed three forwards.”

The strategy compromised the Skiers’ defense just enough to surrender a golden goal by none other than Mitchell. Her tally came in the first five-minute overtime period and effectively locked up a league title for the Titans.

And though Mitchell’s second goal technically earned Coal Ridge the win, the first one is what turned the tide.

“That equalizer was the killer,” Gillies lamented. “It was the winner for them.”

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – In what Glenwood Springs girls soccer coach Bryan Stoltzfus dubbed an ugly game, the Demons somehow pulled out a 4-2 win over visiting Delta on Tuesday.

Michaela Mansfield scored two goals to lead Glenwood, now 10-1-0 overall. Holly Brown and Corey Gera each added a goal apiece.

The score was tied at halftime, 1-1.

CARBONDALE, Colorado – Mirna Vargas scored two goals to lift Grand Valley to a 3-1 girls soccer win at Roaring Fork on Monday.

Karmen Steimel added a goal and Stephanie Hilgenbrinck made nine saves in goal for the Cardinals, who improved to 3-10-1 overall.

EL JEBEL, Colorado – Two-out RBIs were the order of the afternoon on Tuesday as Aspen’s baseball team hung a 7-2 defeat on visiting Grand Valley.

Chris Dreher had a pair of two-out, RBI singles as part of a 2-for-4 day and Taylor Mayer went 3-for-4 with a two-out, run-scoring base knock as the Skiers built an early lead and never looked back.

“We really just kind of chipped away each inning,” Skiers coach Nate Grinzinger said. “We didn’t really have any big innings, just some timely hitting.”

Though it wasn’t a two-out hit, Quinn Morehead took a mighty cut in the sixth inning, clearing the left-field fence with a two-run homer. His longball followed a triple by Taylor Mayer.

Anderson Cole made his first appearance of the season for the Skiers. Cole, who had been sidelined with a medial collateral ligament (MCL) injury, pitched the final two innings.

Walker Moriarty got the start on the hill for Aspen. He struck out seven in 4 1/3 innings of work to earn the win. Daniel Munger came in to retire the final two batters in the fifth inning after Moriarty allowed back-to-back singles.

Michael Kellebrew provided the bulk of Grand Valley’s offense, hitting a solo home run in the sixth inning.

Next up for Aspen is a Thursday home date with Basalt. Grand Valley hosts Hotchkiss on Saturday.

PEACH VALLEY, Colorado – Roaring Fork rolled to a baseball sweep at Coal Ridge on Saturday, topping the Titans by scores of 16-5 and 8-5.

Jake Strack-Loertscher belted his sixth homer of the season in the 16-5 opener.

Strack-Loertscher and Trent Reeds finished with three hits apiece to pace the Rams. Shea Nieslanik, Clay Gross and Johnny Nieslanik each finished with two hits.

Johnny Nieslanik picked up the win on the mound, striking out seven in four innings of work.

The Rams opened the game with a six-run first inning.

Alex Rascon pitched the distance in the nightcap, striking out nine in an extra-inning game that went eight innings.

Roaring Fork rallied for three runs in the eighth to sneak away with the victory.

Strack-Loertscher went deep in the second game as well, giving him seven homers on the season.

Reeds finished with four hits and Oscar Beltran, Thomas Cerise and Strack-Loertscher each had two hits.

CRAIG, Colorado – Glenwood Springs’ Haley Peterson carded an 88 at Yampa Valley Golf Course on Monday to finish third among Class 4A girls golfers at Moffat County’s home tournament.

Peterson led the Demons to a second-place team finish among 4A schools. They were fourth overall.

Stephanie Wilson (92) and Kelsey Warkentin (99) also posted sub-100 scores for Glenwood.

Taylor Walters led Rifle with an 87 to finish second among 4A individuals.

ASPEN, Colorado – Amy Rogers cruised to a straight-sets victory in No. 1 singles, and Aspen pulled out a 4-3 win over depleted Glenwood Springs on Tuesday at the Maroon Creek Club.

The Demons were missing multiple key players, including usual No. 1 Courtney Bender, a student at Colorado Rocky Mountain School who was on a class trip.

“I haven’t played with a full varsity roster all year – that’s just how things have gone,” Glenwood head coach Phyllis Zilm said. “The JVs, they’ve got great attitudes. That’s what you need when you’re playing in unfamiliar, kind of scary varsity situations. That’s what I appreciate about them.”

Kayla Hansen and Maggie Brown picked up a win for the Skiers at No. 1 doubles, as did Hannah Feuer and Liz Seubert at No. 2 doubles and Ilona Schwarz and Jacqueline Jones at No. 3 doubles. In the latter, Schwarz and Jones cruised in the opening set, then prevailed 7-6 in the second to help Aspen take a 4-2 lead with just one match remaining.

“It was a good match, and Glenwood has got a pretty strong team,” Skiers head coach Scott Dorais said. “We had enough girls play well enough to get this victory.”

Senior Madison McCallum picked up a win for the Demons at No. 2 singles, as did Sarai Zilm at No. 3 singles. Tiffany Rodgers and Brandi Vinger pulled out a 10-7, second-set win to prevail at No. 4 doubles.


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