Prep roundup: Bears still upbeat after boys soccer loss; Demons win volleyball league opener
BASALT — Ask Rifle High school boys soccer coach Rich Carter about how his team played against Basalt on Thursday, and he’ll tell you that it’s not nearly as bad as the 7-1 score in the Longhorns’ favor would indicate.
“Actually, we played great,” Carter said. “We took 22 shots on goal, and that’s the best ball possession we’ve had all year.”
Alexis Ramos scored the only goal of the game for the Bears off an assist from Eric DeLaRosa, and it tied the match up in the fifth minute to pull the Bears (1-5-0 overall) even with the Longhorns at 1-1.
Basalt, however, pulled ahead 5-1 by halftime before Rifle was able to make adjustments and keep it close in the second half.
“We controlled possession in the second half,” Carter said. “This is something that we can build confidence on.”
Luis Sanchez finished with 11 saves in goal for the Bears, who will play Basalt again at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Bears Stadium as part of Rifle’s homecoming week.
Their match that was scheduled at Moffat County on Saturday has been postponed because of a shortage of available referees.
Glenwood Springs def. Palisade 25-19, 25-21, 21-25, 25-19
PALISADE — Bella Diaz finished with a team-high nine kills and Ivy Wight added eight kills for the Demons (3-4 overall, 1-0 Class 4A Western Slope League) in the league opener for both teams.
Glenwood was playing for the first time since its three-set loss to Coal Ridge on Sept. 2. Palisade fell to 4-5 and 0-1 with the loss.
Megan Uren contributed 25 digs for the Demons, who will continue league play on Saturday when they host Eagle Valley.
Battle Mountain def. Rifle 25-8, 25-8, 25-19
EDWARDS — Tara Ruggles finished with a team-high three kills and Veronica Santoyo, Ksan Bruekmann and Reese Hoffmeister each contributed three digs for the Bears (0-6, 0-1 4A WSL) in their three-set loss to the Huskies.
“We spent the first two sets just trying to return their serves,” Rifle coach Erin Reider said. “By the third set we were gaining some momentum and confidence, but we’d gotten off to a bad start.”
Battle Mountain improved to 4-0 overall and 1-0 in league with the win.
Rifle will continue league play on Saturday when the Bears host Steamboat Springs.
Roaring Fork def. Aspen 25-23, 25-14, 20-25, 26-24
ASPEN — The young Rams were able to pull off a gutsy nonleague victory against the Skiers in their first match since Aug. 30.
Sophomore Leelah Ahumada had 10 kills, four aces and a pair of blocks, sophomore Lili Ramos had six kills and 16 digs, and junior Grace Brown added three aces and 37 digs for Roaring Fork (2-3 overall). Sophomore Ashley Hall added five aces.
“We’re looking forward to getting these skills dialed in and having more of these great fun matches,” Rams coach Jenn Dority said.
Roaring Fork begins 3A Western Slope League play Saturday at home against Moffat County.
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