Prep Sports Roundup
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Down 2-0 in the first 10 minutes, Coal Ridge boys soccer coach Brian Blair wasn’t expecting a positive outcome.
That changed in a hurry.
The Titans exploded for seven unanswered goals to top Eagle Valley, 7-2, in Thursday’s season opener.
Edgar Enriquez scored two of those goals. Ben Dunn, Enrique Bucio, Hector Govea, Cesar Ortiz and Jose Rodriguez all chipped in a goal apiece.
“After the first 10 minutes, we took over,” Blair said. “We got one before the end of the first half and then we scored in the first two minutes of the second half. From there, the flood gates opened.”
Two goal scorers – Bucio and Govea – were freshmen.
Working in a number of new players, it took a little time for the Titans to find their rhythm.
“They were a little bit nervous and inexperienced,” Blair said. “As the game went on, they realized it was just soccer and their ability took over.”
Coal Ridge travels to Aspen on Tuesday.
Mike McGraw’s hat trick lifted Glenwood Springs to a 3-1 win over visiting Grand Junction Central on Thursday.
McGraw put the Demons up early with a goal from the 18.
Central tied it shortly thereafter before McGraw struck with a goal off a corner kick.
Glenwood took a 2-1 lead into the break and extended that advantage with a third McGraw goal late in the second half. The senior again scored on a corner kick.
“Glenwood is playing well with a stacked senior squad of 14 players,” Demons coach John Mount said. “These boys have been playing together since they were little.”
On deck for Glenwood is an 11 a.m. Saturday visit from Aspen.
First-game jitters got the best of Grand Valley in an 8-0 boys soccer loss to visiting Aspen on Thursday.
The Cardinals nearly broke up the shutout when, with the Skiers up 3-0 in the first half, Alfredo Vicencio scored a goal that was called back due to an offside call.
“That goal could have sparked the boys, but Aspen was a strong, fast and organized squad that capitalized on their chances in front of the goal,” Grand Valley coach Eric Sarno said.
The first-year coach did see some bright spots in the season-opening effort.
“Senior midfielder Sergio Franco played with a lot of energy and was strong throughout the match,” Sarno said. “Senior defender Miguel Mancinas played well at defense and went the full 80 minutes.”
Next up for the Cardinals is a trip to Leadville for the Friday-Saturday Lake County Invitational.
Down two games to Coal Ridge, Roaring Fork battled back to escape with a 3-2 volleyball win over the visiting Titans on Thursday.
Hattie Gianinetti led Roaring Fork with 20 kills. Her twin sister, Megan, finished with 14. Taylor Adams amassed 43 assists and Caitlin Kinney had 20 digs.
The Rams play host to Cedaredge at noon and Hotchkiss at 6 p.m. on Saturday, while Coal Ridge hosts Hotchkiss at noon and Cedaredge at 6 p.m.
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