Busy schedule doesn’t faze Coal Ridge
PEACH VALLEY — Coal Ridge High School’s girls soccer team has had a busy weekend.
Not even running in a track meet prior to a state playoff game could stop the Titans from earning a 4-0 win against Grand Valley on Saturday.
“Because Grand Valley is our rival, I felt like our team came out focused and determined to win even though we were tired from running the last two days,” Coal Ridge’s Paige Ryan said.
Ryan’s header in the 11th minute against the Cardinals set the tone for her and the team. Later in the first half, her goal from 30 yards out gave Coal Ridge a 2-0 lead at halftime.
“I was extremely tired, but I think my adrenaline is what kept me going,” Ryan said. “I took advantage of my positive energy and used it on the field.”
On Friday, Ryan won the long jump at the Class 3A Western Slope Championships in Grand Junction with a leap of 17 feet, 9 inches — a mark that ranks tops in Class 3A — but didn’t continue on to play in the soccer game.
Track for nine of the 20 Coal Ridge soccer players wasn’t as tiring on Friday, Paige mentioned, but she said Saturday took a toll on their energy level.
It didn’t take a toll, however, on the team’s desire to win.
“It was a long weekend, but definitely worth it and to end our successful, busy weekend the team is going to have a movie night and relax until Monday,” Ryan said.
Not only was Ryan tired, but Titans’ Amanda Wenzel also felt the effects from the track meet.
“Having a double day of track and soccer was a major concern,” she said. “We ran our legs hard for track and then came to the field and ran for another 80 minutes.”
But Wenzel doesn’t know what she would do without the option of participating in both sports, she said. So for her, this long weekend was worth the results.
Wenzel ran in the 800-sprint medley relay and 4×200 relay with teammate Mariela Martinez, the 4×100 relay with Dana Kotz, and the open 400 meters alongside Ryan and Martinez.
Ryan, by the way, won the 400 with a time of 58.83. Martinez was third in 1:00.50.
Coal Ridge girls soccer coach Micah Herron finds having dual athletes to be beneficial. “The girls stay in shape and even if they do come to a game exhausted, they don’t let their fatigue effect their overall game play.”
On the other hand, first-year Grand Valley coach Scott Gregory thought that Coal Ridge’s dual sport athletes may have been fatigued prior to Saturday’s game. “I didn’t really expect them to play as strong as they did, but Coal Ridge has some stellar athletes and they gave it their all today.”
Ryan and Wenzel both said they are ready for the track 3A State Championships and for their quarterfinal-round game against St Mary’s in Colorado Springs.
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