Prep Sports Roundup: Soccer Bears rally, take down Cards
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Rifle came alive in the second half to snag a 4-1 boys soccer win over Grand Valley on Thursday.
“Tonight’s game was a real battle,” Cardinals coach Eric Sarno said. “The 4-1 score line for Rifle doesn’t reflect on how hard my boys played. We came out with some intensity and confidence and created several dangerous chances. Rifle’s goalkeeper made a few good saves.”
Marco Gutierrez scored twice to pace the Bears, who improved to 4-5-1. Julio Aguirre and Geo Munoz also had goals.
After going into halftime trailing by a goal, Grand Valley tied it up early in the second half off a free kick that sophomore Francisco “Paco” Vicencio finished off. Alfredo Vicencio assisted.
The Cardinals dropped to 0-9.
Coal Ridge’s boys soccer team struck for two goals in the final 10 minutes of the opening half, then two more in the first eight minutes of the second to blow open what was a tight game Thursday against visiting Aspen.
The Titans tacked on one more down the stretch and cruised to the 5-1 victory, handing the Skiers their fifth loss in nine games.
Coal Ridge jumped out to the early lead with a goal little more than a minute into the match. “We still hadn’t come off the bus,” Skiers head coach Junior Sutherland said.
His squad battled back to square things, then played the Titans tough for much of the first 40 minutes. Things unraveled quickly, however.
“We were definitely the better team in the first half but after those two goals [before halftime], the kids’ heads went down,” Sutherland said. “Then there were more goals at the start of the second, and that was it. … It was their homecoming today, and they were definitely up for it.”
Aspen will look to rebound Saturday, when it hosts rival Basalt. The Longhorns routed their upvalley rivals, 6-0, in Sept. 15’s meeting.
The Aspen boys soccer team misfired on multiple prime scoring chances during the first half Tuesday afternoon. It came back to haunt them late.
A resilient Rifle side battled back to square the road match at one with just 2 minutes, 45 seconds left in regulation. Early in the second overtime, the Bears executed a perfect corner kick and headed home the golden goal to escape with a come-from-behind win.
Bears players flooded Aspen’s side of the pitch for extended periods down the stretch. On one of those occasions, with less than three minutes remaining in regulation, senior Javier Peralta headed a ball on net that an Aspen player deflected; it caromed right back to Peralta, who didn’t miss with a second header.
All three of the Skiers’ scoring chances in the first overtime went by the wayside. In the second extra period, Rifle stood tall. Aguirre headed home a perfect corner kick to send the visitors home with a hard-fought victory.
Roaring Fork’s volleyball team took down visiting Rifle in three games on Thursday, winning by counts of 25-14, 25-21, 25-18.
Megan Gianinetti’s 12 kills led the Rams, who improved to 9-1, both overall and in 3A Western Slope League play.
Hattie Gianinetti added eight kills. Taylor Adams finished with 26 assists and 11 digs and Madison Handy had nine digs.
Rifle dropped to 2-8 overall.
Coal Ridge’s volleyball team won a pair of games this week, rolling to a 25-14, 25-7, 25-18 win at Cedaredge on Tuesday and defeating visiting Grand Valley in four (25-20, 17-25, 26-24, 25-21) on Thursday.
The Titans improved to 8-4 overall and to 8-3 in the 3A WSL with the wins.
Rifle swept its way to a pair of volleyball wins at home on Saturday, taking down Hotchkiss in three games (27-25, 25-19, 25-14) and Cedaredge in five (25-23, 25-27, 25-22, 11-25, 16-14).
Against Hotchkiss, Kimmie Rausin and Heather Maynard finished with four kills apiece. Maynard also finished with 18 digs.
Against Cedaredge, Maynard led the Bears with 13 kills. Melissa Crow smashed 10 kills and Carly Bare had five. Abby Orgill had 15 digs and Shanna Kassak had 11.
Rifle’s softball team scored a 13-3 win over visiting Grand Valley on Thursday.
Taylor Gore pitched a complete game in the five-inning affair. She walked just one and surrendered a single earned run. At the plate, Gore went 2 for 3 with a double and three RBIs.
Brittany Neuroth was 4 for 4 with a home run and two RBIs. Allie Ehlers was 3 for 3 with two runs and two RBIs. Emma Speer was 3 for 4 with a double and two RBIs and Norisa Navratil was 2 for 4 with a double and two runs. Melissa Steinbach chipped in with two hits and three RBIs.
On Tuesday, Rifle escaped with a 9-8 win over visiting Eagle Valley. The Bears withstood a three-run seventh inning by the Devils to preserve the win.
Ehlers finished up 1 for 2 with a triple and three runs scored on offense. She reached on an error and a walk and was hit by a pitch as well. Steinbach was 1 for 3 with two runs. She also reached on an error.
Gore pitched a complete game, issuing just two walks.
– Jon Maletz of the Aspen Times contributed to this report.
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