Prep roundup: Cardinals win girls soccer season finale; Coal Ridge splits DH in Craig
PARACHUTE — Megan Smith scored the go-ahead goal in the 74th minute for Grand Valley High School’s girls soccer team, which ended the season on a high note with a 3-2 victory against Basalt in a Class 3A/2A Western Slope League game on Thursday in the season finale for both teams.
Kyra Chenoweth, who had been battling a severe ankle injury for the past month, returned to the lineup for the Cardinals’ senior day and scored a pair of goals to help Grand Valley (3-11-0 overall, 3-6-0 league play) snap an 11-game losing streak.
Ally Moore, Grand Valley’s goalkeeper, finished with 15 saves in goal for the Cardinals. She remarkably also had each of Grand Valley’s assists, including the one to Chenoweth in the 15th minute and the one to Smith that resulted in the game-winning goal.
“This is just huge for the seniors,” Grand Valley coach Scott Gregory said. “It’s also huge for these underclassmen because now, with this, they know that they can do this.”
Coal Ridge splits league doubleheader at Moffat County
CRAIG — Coal Ridge rebounded from a 3-2 loss in the first game of a makeup doubleheader with an 11-6 victory over the Bulldogs in the second game.
Among the highlights for the Titans in the second game was a first-inning grand slam from Greyson Keener and a third-inning homer from Kevin Grivey.
Coal Ridge (9-8, 8-4), which has already qualified for the Class 3A state playoffs, will host Gunnison (13-3, 11-1 league) in a doubleheader on Saturday. The Titans, who are in third place in the league standings behind Gunnison and Olathe (14-3, 11-1), are trying to retain their spot in the league standings to earn a better draw in the state playoffs. Seeding for the 32-team playoff bracket will be announced on Sunday.
Moffat County (9-8, 7-5) will play its regular-season finale at Roaring Fork (2-15, 2-10), which dropped a 13-11 nonleague decision to Meeker on Thursday.
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