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Golden too much for Bears in regionals

Post Independent Writer

Staff Report

GOLDEN – Golden’s Sarah Martinez was among the top scorers in Class 4A girls soccer during the regular season and it doesn’t look like she plans to slow down in the playoffs.

Martinez scored two goals and added an assist to lead the high-powered Demons to a 9-1 victory over Rifle in Thursday’s Regional playoff round.

With the victory, Golden (14-1-1) advances to the Class 4A State Tournament. Rifle, which finished third in the Western Slope League, ends the 2003 campaign with a mark of 6-8-1.

Along with Martinez, Dale Eckberg also tallied a pair of goals and Megan Gabel notched a goal and an assist for Golden.

The Demons built a 3-0 lead in the first half before racking up six goals in the second half.

The Bears’ lone tally came from freshman Tess Flanagan, which could be a sign of things to come for Rifle.

While the best way to end the season is hoisting a championship trophy, the Bears’ third-place league finish is an impressive accomplishment considering the youth of the squad.

Rifle graduates just two seniors in Brenda Cruz and Anna Peterson and has seen a number of potential stars, including Flanagan and freshman goalie Kadie LaRocque, step up this season.

The Bears will also have plenty of senior leadership with six juniors on this year’s team.The Bears will also have plenty of senior leadership with six juniors on this year’s team.

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