OT goal lifts Rams to victory
LAFAYETTE — Taylor Adams scored the only goal of the match on a sudden-death overtime corner kick, lifting Roaring Fork High School’s girls soccer team to a 1-0 victory over Front Range Christian in the first round of the Class 3A State Championships on Friday afternoon.
With the win, the Rams (13-2-1) moved into the second round of the postseason for the second consecutive season. The No. 15-seeded Rams will play against Peak to Peak, a winner over 31st-seeded Florence, at 2 p.m. today for a berth in the state quarterfinals.
Adams’ goal came with seven minutes gone in overtime, giving the Rams the victory and sending the team rushing off the field in a frenzy.
“Oh, it was such a relief,” the Roaring Fork senior said. “We played so hard the entire game and kept playing aggressively even into overtime.”
Roaring Fork goalkeeper Madison Handy had eight saves to record the shutout. Four of them were diving stops, Roaring Fork coach Heather Fox said.
“She just had an amazing game,” Fox said. “It was a 50-50 game that could have gone either way. For us, what made the difference was effort more than style of play.”
Grand Valley blanks DSST in first playoff match
ENGLEWOOD — Ashlynn Speakman finished with a pair of goals, and Grand Valley entered the Class 3A postseason for the first time with a 4-0 victory over Denver Science and Technology at Kent Denver High School.
The victory lifted the Cardinals (13-2-1) into the second round off the 3A playoffs against Kent Denver, the tournament’s No. 6 seed and a 7-0 winner against Alamosa on Friday. Game time is slated for 10 a.m. today.
Speakman had goals in the fifth and 15th minutes. Grand Valley coach Eric Sarno said the offensive pressure his team administered resulted in a pair of own goals by DSST to cap the scoring.
“We’ve never been here before, but we didn’t act like it today,” Sarno said.
Glenwood falls in first round at 4A state tennis
PUEBLO — Glenwood Springs High School’s girls tennis team saw a quick exit from the Class 4A state tournament at Pueblo City Park on Thursday.
Sadie Dickinson, the Demons’ No. 3 singles player, lost 6-1, 6-1 to Lexi Reed of D’Evelyn in the first round.
At No. 2 doubles, Glenwood’s Ivy Wright and Morley Perrin lost 6-2, 6-2 to Maura Derr and Izzy Stafford of Niwot in the first round.
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