Prep Roundup: Haywood’s goal lifts Bears
RIFLE — Elijah Haywood put Rifle High School’s boys soccer team up for good with his goal against Basalt in the 60th minute, and the Bears held off a furious offensive push from the Longhorns in the final minutes of their 1-0 Class 3A Western Slope League victory in front of a big crowd under the lights at Bears Stadium on Tuesday night.
Heywood took an upfield pass lobbed toward the net, took aim and hit a 20-yard shot past Basalt’s goalkeeper to give the Bears (2-4-0 overall, 2-0-0 3A Western Slope League) their second league win of the season.
The victory also doubled Rifle’s win total from the 2013 season when it played in the 4A WSL.
“This game showed how we’re capable of playing,” Rifle coach Rich Carter said.
Rifle will continue league play on Thursday when the Bears play at Vail Mountain.
Coal Ridge 4, Moffat County 1
PEACH VALLEY — Coal Ridge freshman Josh Fulk scored a pair of goals and Enrique Bucio added a pair of goals and an assist for the top-ranked Titans (6-0-0, 1-0 3A WSL) on their way to a victory in their league opener.
The Titans held a 2-0 lead at halftime. Chaz Apostolik added an assist, Roman Plano had three saves in goal and Luis Vasquez chipped in two saves during the second half.
The Titans play at Sheridan on Friday night.
Glenwood Springs 3, Fruita Monument 2
GLENWOOD SPRINGS — Senior team captain Daniel Garces scored a pair of go-ahead goals for the Class 4A Demons during their nonleague victory over the Class 5A Wildcats.
After Fruita had tied the game with a goal that followed Cameron Horning’s goal in the 25th minute, Garces quickly answered with his goal in the 30th minute to give Glenwoodd (4-4-0) a 2-1 halftime lead. The Wildcats again tied the score in the second half, but Garces put Glenwood ahead to stay with his goal in the 77th minute.
“Daniel had his best game of the season tonight,” Glenwood coach Wayne Smith said.
Glenwood continues Class 4A Western slope League play when the demons host Summit on Thursday.
Roaring Fork 4, Vail Mountain 1
CARBONDALE — Christian Alvarado scored a pair of goals during his first game in a varsity uniform, and the Rams (2-1-0) scored four unanswered goals en route to a victory over Vail Mountain.
Lalo Clemente also found the net and Ben Carpenter scored the go-ahead goal at the beginning of the second half, with his goal coming off a long kick from Roaring Fork goalkeeper Colin O’Gorman to give the Rams’ goalie a rare assist.
Roaring Fork continues nonleague play on Thursday when the Rams play at Basalt.
Glenwood boys, girls take second in Buena Vista meet
BUENA VISTA — Claudia Hirons and Austin Hawkins each managed eighth-place finishes individually for the Glenwood Springs High School Cross Country team during the Buena Vista Invitational meet on Tuesday.
Hirons, a freshman, finished in 23 minutes, 2 seconds, and teammate Madi Spence finished 12th in 24:21. Hawkins finished eighth in the boys race in 20:20, with teammates Jacob Barsness (11th, 21:03) and Phillip Hecksel (13th, 21:06) following.
Salida finished first in the boys meet with 23 points, with Glenwood (58) and Buena Vista (62) following. In the girls race, Salida (25) prevailed ahead of Glenwood (62) and Buena Vista (68).
The Demons will return home to host the annual Demon Invitational cross country meet, which will take place at 5 p.m. Friday at Glenwood Springs High School.
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