Prep Sports Roundup: 4A WSL champion Demons shut out visiting Delta
Glenwood Springs already has its third straight 4A Western Slope League girls soccer title in the bag, but the Demons still have unfinished business. They want the highest possible seed come playoff time.
Glenwood took a step in that direction with Tuesday’s 3-0 win over visiting Delta. The Demons improved to 11-1-2 overall and to 10-0-1 in league play.
Corey Gera put Glenwood on top roughly 20 seconds in with a breakaway goal set up by passes from Jocelyn Brownson and Michaela Mansfield.
From there, defense ruled the night.
Eventually, the Demons extended their lead, first with a 53rd-minute strike by Lilly McSwain and then on a 60th-minute score by Mansfield. Jenna Brown assisted McSwain’s goal and Savanna Pearson assisted Mansfield’s tally.
“It was senior night, so there was a lot of excitement and emotion,” Glenwood coach Steve White said. “It was a fun game to watch. Delta’s defense needs to be complimented for hanging in the game. Their goalkeeper had a number of saves. It was a really good defensive effort from them to keep us at bay.”
White’s Demons clinched the league title with Palisade’s win over Battle Mountain on Saturday.
Only a Thursday trip to Moffat County remains in the regular season for Glenwood, which needs to pile up as many victories as possible to get the highest possible playoff seed.
Glenwood Springs blitzed visiting Basalt, 6-0, in Monday’s girls soccer showdown between Roaring Fork School District Re-1 schools.
McSwain and Mansfield each found net twice for the Demons, who also got goals from Jackie Knott and Savanna Pearson.
Josie Pearson finished with two assists. Mansfield and Nanni Saaremnaa each had one helper.
Roaring Fork’s girls soccer team polished off an 11-4 regular season with a 2-0 win over visiting Rangely on Tuesday.
Taylor Adams and Sharlene Salinas scored a goal apiece for the playoff-bound Rams, who finished up 7-2 in 3A Region 3 play. Nayeli Alfaro had both assists.
Coal Ridge scored a forfeit win over Vail Christian on Monday.
The Titans, now 10-1-3 overall and 6-0-2 in 3A Region 3 play, head to Basalt on Thursday. Game time is 4 p.m.
Vail Mountain School held on for a 2-0 girls soccer win over visiting Grand Valley on Monday.
The Gore Rangers scored in the 22nd and 65th minutes.
“The girls had some difficulty adjusting to the quickness of the huge turf field,” Cardinals coach Eric Sarno said. “Our first and second touch let us down the whole match. I thought we battled hard for 80 minutes. We just weren’t as organized as Vail and didn’t do enough of the little things right. Our offense in the attacking third was lacking. We hope to improve on that Thursday.”
Though his Cardinals didn’t break through for a goal, Sarno did see some positives.
“Defenders Megan Smith and Codi Metcalf were solid,” he said. “Ashlynn Speakman created a couple good looks.”
A home match against Vail Christian awaits Grand Valley, now 8-6 overall, on Thursday. Game time is 5 p.m.
Caroline Tham-Johansson placed fifth at a tournament at Dos Rios Golf Club in Gunnison with a score of 95 last Wednesday. The Glenwood Springs girls golfer followed up the next day by shooting a career-best 88 at Devil’s Thumb in Delta the next day. There, she placed sixth.
At Yampa Valley Golf Course in Craig on Monday, she shot a 92 to take ninth place.
Also in Gunnison last Wednesday, Demon golfer Kristen Joiner carded a 115 to place third among junior varsity golfers.
Roaring Fork’s girls tennis team won four matches at Vail Mountain on Friday afternoon.
Paola Santiago picked up a win at No. 1 singles.
Winning doubles matches were Mariah Ahumada and Michelle Lopez at No. 1, Shaeley Lough and Yaritza Zarate at No. 2 and Brianda Perea and Stephanie Vega at No. 3.
The Rams begin regional play today.
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