Prep roundup: Horning’s hat trick lifts Demons; Coal Ridge tops Eagle Valley
GLENWOOD SPRINGS — Cameron Horning opened the season for the Glenwood Springs High School boys soccer team in a big way on Tuesday afternoon.
Horning scored three goals and was helped by a pair of assists by Will Osier, helping the Demons beat Grand Junction Central, 4-1, at Stubler Memorial Field.
“I thought we played very well today,” first-year Glenwood coach Wayne Smith said. “There were moments where we would pass the ball six, seven, eight and nine times before we made a move. That’s what I like about this team. They work really well together.”
Horning was the benefactor of that, putting the Demons on top to stay with his goal in the 24th minute off a pass from Shane Pittenger. His second goal gave Glenwood (1-0-0) a 2-0 halftime edge, and he made it 3-0 with a goal off Osier’s second assist of the game.
Memo Gutierrez scored on a second-half penalty kick to pull the Warriors (1-1-0) within 3-1, but Daniel Garces’ goal off an Oscar Gallegos pass capped the scoring for the Demons.
Ryan Nott recorded six saves in goal for the Demons.
Coal Ridge 5, Eagle Valley 1
PEACH VALLEY — Sergio Valentin scored three goals and Enrique Bucio added three assists for the Titans (1-0-0), who won their season opener handily by scoring each of their five goals in the first half.
Ray Bencomo and freshman Alonso Pacheco each added a goal for Coal Ridge. Bucio, a senior who led the nation in assists during his junior year in 2013, had three against the Devils (0-1-0) on Tuesday and also added a goal.
“We did a very good job with ball control,” said Coal Ridge coach Mike Mikalakis, noting the sloppy, rainy conditions on Coal Ridge’s field. “The great thing is that despite the field conditions, we were able to overcome them very quickly.”
Battle Mountain def. Coal Ridge 25-19, 25-17, 25-20
PEACH VALLEY — Defending Class 4A Western Slope League champion Battle Mountain was dominant against the Titans during its nonleague, season-opening victory on Tuesday. Coal Ridge continues nonleague play on Thursday when the Titans host Ridgway.
Rifle boys third at Warrior Invitational tournament
GRAND JUNCTION — Jacob Smith finished in sixth place and Wyatt Carter added a ninth-place finish, helping the Bears place third at the Grand Junction Central Warrior Invitational.
Smith shot an 80 and Carter shot an 82 for the Bears, who finished with a team score of 258. Grand Junction won the team title with a score of 227, with Fruita Monument (231) and Rifle following.
Also finishing for Rifle were Kohl Keithley (96) and Elliot Krebill (105).
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