Prep Roundup: Boys soccer loss doesn’t sit well with Titans
VAIL — Michael Mikalakis didn’t sugar coat his feelings about the soccer officials following the 2-1 overtime loss the Coal Ridge boys suffered at the hands of Vail Mountain on Saturday.
“It was terrible,” the third-year coach of the third-ranked Titans said following their loss to the Gore Rangers in a critical Class 3A Western Slope League game. “They made a bad, bad call.”
That call, or non-call, if you will, resulted in the game-winning goal from sophomore Kevin Garcia, who ended up scoring both of the goals for Vail Mountain. And with both of those goals, the Gore Rangers (7-2-1 overall, 4-0-0 league) are now the front runners in the race to the league championship with the favored Titans (8-2-0, 2-1-0) thinking they’ll need to win their remaining six games and get help along the way to repeat as league champs.
Coal Ridge’s Juan Gonzalez sent the game into overtime off a Sergio Valentin assist with 15 minutes remaining in the second half. It wasn’t until the third minute following regulation, however, that the go-ahead goal was scored.
Coal Ridge contended that after Vail Mountain had sent the ball into the box that a Vail Mountain player pushed a Coal Ridge defender down. That, in essence, opened up an opportunity for Garcia, who tapped the ball sideways and watched it trickle into the net for what wound up being the go-ahead goal.
Coal Ridge was unable to score an equalizer by the end of the first or second overtimes. And long after the match had ended, the Titans were still upset.
“This is a tough one to take, and the boys are still pretty upset about this one,” Mikalakis said. “The biggest thing for us now though is that we have to look past this, because we still have a good opportunity to make a great run to the playoffs.”
Coal Ridge will host Rifle on Tuesday and play at Grand Valley on Thursday.
Grand Valley def. Aspen 25-7, 25-19, 25-13
ASPEN — Grand Valley senior Kyra Chenoweth finished with 11 kills, five stuff-blocks and 16 digs for the Cardinals (5-7 overall, 3-0 3A Western Slope League play), who rebounded from a three-set, nonleague loss at Paonia on Friday with a league-play sweep of the Skiers on Saturday.
Jordan Scott added seven kills and four stuff-blocks and Megan Smith six kills for Grand Valley. Erika Anderson added five service aces, and Kylyn Rigsby chipped in 25 assists.
The Cardinals are off until Thursday when they play a nonleague match against Moffat County in Craig.
Bears drop pair of road games
Rifle High School’s softball team fell to 1-13 overall this season with road losses on Friday and Saturday.
The Bears fell to Cedaredge 12-5 on Friday, but held a 4-3 lead after 4 1/2 innings before the Bruins scored six runs in the bottom of the fifth to take the lead for good. On Saturday, the Bears lost an 11-10 decision at Gunnison.
Rifle will continue Class 4A Western Slope League play Tuesday at Palisade.
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