Prep Sports Roundup: Sailors top Demons in OT thriller
It was a typical Glenwood Springs-Steamboat Springs boys soccer meeting.
Steamboat got a golden goal in the second of two overtime periods to escape Stubler Memorial Field with a 3-2 win over the host Demons.
“That’s the typical Glenwood-Steamboat game I’m used to,” Glenwood coach Steve White said. “It was very exciting. The guys felt good about how they played.”
The Demons got on the board in the game’s first five minutes on a goal by Mats Rosen. Gabriel Yen picked up the assist.
“Scoring early was special for us,” White said. “We’ve been allowing other teams to score early on us.”
The Sailors responded with two goals before halftime to grab the lead.
With about five minutes left in regulation, Glenwood earned a penalty kick on a handball in the box. Brandon Martinez set it up by rocketing a shot into the 18.
Colton Witherell took the penalty kick, drilling it into the upper 90 to level the count at 2 and force overtime.
Steamboat brought the night to an end in overtime by earning a free kick from about 25 yards out. The Sailors flooded the box with the Demons forming a wall and scored on a header to win it.
“We’ve been practicing defending free kicks with walls,” White relayed. “The thing I didn’t tell the guys is that, in sudden-death overtime, you don’t necessarily play it the same way. … I was screaming from the bench, ‘Break up the wall! Break up the wall! Mark somebody!’ It happened too quick.”
The Demons fell to 1-5 overall and to 0-5 in the 4A Western Slope League.
Coal Ridge made quick work of visiting Aspen in volleyball on Thursday, defeating the Skiers in three, 25-19, 25-14, 25-9.
The win pushed the Titans to 8-2 overall and to 1-1 in 3A WSL play.
Grand Valley’s volleyball team improved to 3-6 overall and to 1-2 in the 3A WSL with a 25-15, 25-14, 22-25, 25-11 win over Basalt on Thursday.
The win snapped a five-match losing streak for the Cardinals.
Grand Valley’s softball team polished off a season sweep of Aspen on Thursday, erupting for nine runs in the third inning of a 21-8 road win over the Skiers.
“It was fun,” Cardinals coach Brooke Whitman said.
Haley Johnson had a pair of triples and Ashley Radel tripled to pace Grand Valley, which improved to 2-9 overall and to 2-3 in the 3A WSL.
Aspen dropped to 0-7.
Playing focused for a full 80 minutes is something Rifle’s boys soccer team failed to do in Thursday’s 6-1 loss to visiting Palisade.
The Bears fell behind 5-0 at halftime and, while they rebounded with a better second-half effort, it wasn’t enough.
“We kept it to 1-1 in the second half,” Rifle coach Rich Carter said. “What we really need to do is pull it together for a full game and we’ll get the results we’re looking for.”
Angel Diaz scored the Bears’ lone goal. The loss dropped Rifle to 2-4 on the season.
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