Glenwood soccer knocks off Rifle | PostIndependent.com

Glenwood soccer knocks off Rifle

Glenwood junior Devan McSwain tries to play the ball out of the air during Thursday's game at Rifle as freshman Angelica Toscano (2) looks on for the Bears.
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On the road for the final 4A Western Slope League game of the season, the Glenwood Springs Demons girls soccer team picked up a big 9-0 win over the rival Rifle Bears at Rifle High School Thursday afternoon, clinching a spot in the 4A state playoffs for the first time since 2012.

Against the Bears, senior Nina Scruton netted a hat trick in her final regular-season game as a Demon, while junior Eryn Peterson added four goals on the day to pace the Glenwood attack.

Senior forward Bailey Cox scored a late goal for Glenwood in her final game of her Glenwood career, while freshman Natalia Taylor added one goal to cap off the win for the Demons.

Sitting at 11-4, 9-3 4A WSL on the year, the Demons are currently set to host a home playoff game as the No. 16-ranked team in the new Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) system used by the Colorado High School Activities Association, which compiles rankings as a way to measure a team’s strength relative to other teams, based largely on the strength of their schedules.

The top 16 teams in the RPI ranking will get a home playoff game to start the playoff bracket, so Glenwood is on the bubble.

Barring any weather cancellations in the next two days, the 4A playoff bracket will be released Sunday afternoon.

Unfortunately for Rifle, the loss ends a tough season filled with injuries and limited numbers under first-year head coach Lisle Harrison.

MEEKER 15, ROARING FORK 14

Taking on the Meeker Cowboys Thursday afternoon in Meeker, the Roaring Fork Rams’ baseball team lost in the final inning of a shootout, dropping a 15-14 decision in a nonleague matchup.

Against the Cowboys, Roaring Fork got off to a slow start, spotting Meeker nine runs to start the game to put themselves in an early 9-0 hole. But true to Ram fashion this year, Roaring Fork battled back in a big way, scoring four runs in the third, four runs in the fourth, three runs in the fifth and three runs in the sixth as everyone got involved at the plate, highlighted by junior Drew Broadhurst’s bases-clearing double and senior Aldo Pinela’s two-run double.

“We battled today,” Roaring Fork Head Coach Marty Madsen said. “We just weren’t getting anything going early, but then we started rolling in the middle innings. But we just couldn’t hang on in the end. Ralph [Good] didn’t run out of gas on the mound, it was just that Meeker got some key hits. He was around the plate all day. Just a tough loss.”

In the loss, Good picked up two hits, while Axel Palomera, Layne Crisp and Ronnie Petetan added two hits each.

With the loss, Roaring Fork falls to 8-9, 4-3 3A Western Slope League on the year. The Rams have two games remaining in the year, starting on Saturday against Gunnison at Ron Patch Field in Carbondale before making up a game on the road at Moffat County Monday afternoon.

As of now, the Rams are seven spots away from a playoff berth in the 3A RPI standings.


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