Prep Sports Roundup: Martinez’s golden goal lifts Titans past Basalt
There’s rarely a dull moment when Coal Ridge and Basalt meet up in girls soccer. Tuesday was no exception.
Mariela Martinez’s overtime goal delivered the Titans a 2-1 win. The freshman pounced on a rebound and found the back corner with the game-winner. Alicia Cokley took the initial shot.
“I thought Alicia had finished it,” Coal Ridge coach Brian Blair said. “The goalie made a nice save.”
Cokley accounted for the Titans’ first score, converting a goal midway through the first half.
The Longhorns’ Katie King leveled the count with a goal within the first five minutes of the second half.
“It was a physical game,” Blair said. “It was back and forth. There were times where we definitely controlled the action, but there were times where they had the better of the play. It was clear we’d either come out with a tie or someone would make a big play at the end.”
Tuesday’s meeting between 3A Region 3 heavyweights was a nonleague affair. The teams meet up again May 3 at Basalt. That one will count in the league standings.
Coal Ridge improved to 7-1-2 with the win, while the Longhorns dropped to 5-4-1.
Goals by Georgia Ackerman and Taylor Adams helped Roaring Fork’s girls soccer team to a 3-1 win over visiting Vail Mountain School on Tuesday. The Rams also got an own-goal to round out the count.
Nayeli Alfaro had an assist for Roaring Fork, now 8-3 overall.
Glenwood Springs girls soccer coach Steve White wasn’t sure what to expect from Tuesday’s trip to Palisade.
The Bulldogs had beaten Steamboat Springs and lost to Battle Mountain, two of the 4A Western Slope League’s stronger teams.
Well, the Demons took care of business against the Bulldogs. Scoring two goals in each half, Glenwood dealt Palisade a 4-1 loss.
Corey Gera scored both first-half goals.
In the second half, Jackie Knott and Jenna Brown found net for Glenwood, which leads the league with a 6-0-1 record. The team is 6-1-2 overall.
“It was a good result for us,” Demons coach Steve White said. “We were kind of going against a team that’s a little bit of an unknown. They lost to Battle Mountain and then beat Steamboat. We were unsure what we might be getting into.”
Everything worked out fine for Glenwood, which faces Steamboat at home on Thursday.
Goals came in droves for the Demons in Monday’s 10-1 win over visiting Moffat County.
Glenwood Springs scored five goals in each half.
Michaela Mansfield led the way with three, while Dani Turley, Knott, Gera, Sarah Davis, Lilly McSwain, Laura McDermott and Holly Brown all chipped in with one goal apiece.
Knott, Gera, Mansfield, Joycelyn Brownson, Holly Brown and Lauren Jacobson all had assists.
A hat trick by Ashlynn Speakman and a two-goal effort by Lauren Paskett lifted Grand Valley’s girls soccer team to a 5-1 win over visiting Rifle on Tuesday.
Speakman struck in the ninth and 17th minutes to build a 2-0 lead. Both goals were assisted by Emily Marbas.
The Bears’ Jocelyn Bracamontes responded with a goal off a free kick in the 28th minute to tighten the count, but Speakman finished off her hat trick two minutes later. Randi Sheridan’s through-ball set up the goal.
Two minutes into the second half, Paskett scored off a Marbas assist. In the 72nd minute, Paskett scored again courtesy of a Jordanne Williams assist.
“It was nice to see the girls come out attacking the goal from the whistle,” Cardinals coach Eric Sarno said. “It was a real positive start in the first half. We wanted to get a goal in the first 10 minutes and continue pressing, and we did.”
Erin Schuckers spent the full 80 minutes at goalkeeper, making two saves for the Cardinals (7-5).
“Defenders Jordanne Williams, Tarianna Lawrence and Jordan Scott all played solid,” Sarno said. “Emily Marbas’ control and distribution was superb. The forwards made threatening runs and caused havoc all day.”
Danny Bartels pitched a complete game, coming within one out of a shutout, in an 8-2 baseball win for Rifle on Tuesday.
Bartels struck out seven. At the plate, he was 2 for 3 with a walk, a double off the top of the left-field fence, three RBIs and a stolen base.
Triston Quigley was 3 for 4 at the plate with a single, double and triple. His only out was a deep, hard-hit fly ball that was caught in center field. He also had two stolen bases and an RBI.
Nate Schilt was 2 for 4 with two singles and a run scored. Bailey Hoffmeister was 2 for 3 with a walk and three RBIs, and Jacob Withee was 1 for 2 with a walk and two runs scored.
The Bears improved their record to 11-1 overall and to 10-1 in the 3A WSL.
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Down 14-7 with less than 11 minutes left in regulation, Rifle head coach Todd Casebier decided it was time to deviate from his ground-and-pound offense for a bit of an aerial attack.