Prep roundup: Eighth-ranked Huskies slip past Demons on girls soccer field
GLENWOOD SPRINGS — Regardless of how the season has been going for the Glenwood Springs High School girls soccer team, it could have almost have been assured that the Demons would play the Battle Mountain Huskies close on Tuesday.
Such wound up being the case at Stubler Memorial Field, as Battle Mountain, the eighth-ranked team in Class 4A girls soccer, needed goals from Acacia Ortiz and Rachel Ledon in the final three minutes of the game to prevail 4-2 over the Demons in a 4A WSL game.
“We definitely have a home-field advantage, and the programs … have such a mutual respect for each other,” Glenwood coach Steve White said. “I think that with us knowing that the playoffs were out of reach for us, we knew that this could be the game of the season for us.”
It definitely was one of the better games played this season by the Demons (4-7-0 overall, 3-6-0 4A WSL), who were tied with Battle Mountain (11-1-0, 10-0-0) at 2-all headed into the 78th minute before Ortiz scored the go-ahead goal in the 78th minute.
Nina Scruton scored a first-half goal and Grace McSwain added another goal for Glenwood, with was tied with the Huskies 2-2 at halftime. Erin Bucchin finished with seven saves in goal for Glenwood.
The loss snapped a three-game winning streak for the Demons, who continue league play Thursday at Summit.
Vail Mountain 4, Grand Valley 0
EDWARDS — Freshman Tess Johnson finished with two goals and Katie Alonzo and Emma Hall each found the net for the Gore Rangers (8-1-0 overall, 6-0-0 3A/2A WSL) who shut out Grand Valley to keep pace with Coal Ridge in the race for the league championship.
The Gore Rangers, who have already clinched the league’s automatic berth in the Class 2A state playoffs, host Rangely on Thursday.
With the loss, Grand Valley fell to 2-9-0 overall and 2-5-0 in league play. The Cardinals continue league play on Thursday afternoon when they host Vail Christian.
Aspen 2, Colorado Rocky Mountain School 1
CARBONDALE — Aspen got a goal and an assist from Logan McNamee and a goal from Chelsea Moore, and the Skiers used a second-half goal to snap a 1-all halftime tie.
The loss gave the Pearls a 6-3-1 overall record along with a 5-3-0 league mark. CRMS, however, could receive one of the six at-large berths in the 12-team Class 2A state playoffs.
Glenwood Springs 11, Coal Ridge 0
GLENWOOD SPRINGS — Chase Nieslanik finished 2-for-3 batting with a home run and three RBIs and Keifer Brocker and Cooper Cornelius each drove in two runs to help the Demons (5-8 overall) roll to a nonleague victory over the Titans (7-7).
Brocker also finished 3 for 3 at the plate and Stephen Romero, Ian Scruton and Quinn Kimminau each scored twice for Glenwood, who blew the game open with a seven-run third inning. Cornelius also hit a triple and pitched five scoreless innings on the mound, allowing just one Coal Ridge hit with no walks and seven strikeouts.
The Demons play again on Thursday in a league doubleheader against Summit at Glenwood Springs Middle School, a twin bill which was moved to Thursday because of inclement weather this past Saturday.
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