Coal Ridge falls to Central in season opener |

Coal Ridge falls to Central in season opener

Phil Sandoval
Grand Junction Correspondent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GRAND JUNCTION ” As a whole, playing a team two classifications larger than you is not fun to go through.

That’s the approach of the Coal Ridge High School soccer team to Friday’s non-league match with Class 5A Central. The 7-1 shellacking the host Warriors put on the Titans was tough to endure.

But, facing faster, tougher athletes should benefit Coal Ridge (0-1) when 3A Western Slope League play begins.

At least that’s the plan.

Central forward Kaselyn Butters scored three goals in the opening third of the first half to seal the game. Unfortunately, it could be the talented senior’s final game of the season.

In a collision with another player, Butters was transported to St. Mary’s Hospital in a private car with a knee or leg injury.

The results of the hospital examination were not available at press time.

Faced with the loss of their offensive leader the rest of Central’s lineup responded positively.

Freshman Kalyn Madaris notched the Warriors’ fourth score of the half at the 26-minute mark.

The Titans’ Emily Johnson scored Coal Ridge’s lone goal of the game with five minutes left in the first half. It was the only time the Titans challenged Central goalie Savanna Moore.

As a team, Coal Ridge had just three shots on goal. Central peppered Titan keeper Vanessa Hinojos and her temporary second half substitute ” Carolyn Cloninger with 16 shots.

Hinojos made seven saves and had one Central shot hit the goal post.

Madaris netted her second goal with nine minutes left in the second half. Ari Herrera and Ashley Paul also scored in the second half.

The Titans are off for spring break. They resume play March 25 on the road against Vail Mountain then return to Grand Junction March 27 for a night game with Class 4A Palisade at Mesa State College’s recently completed on-campus soccer stadium.

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