Prep roundup: Late goal lifts Rams to 3-2 win over Bears
RIFLE — If there’s something to be said about Roaring Fork High School’s girls soccer team, it’s that the Rams have learned to be resilient.
Emily Fisher scored two goals with one assist, and her unassisted goal in the final minute of regulation lifted Roaring Fork to a 3-2 Class 3A Western Slope League victory over a much-improved Rifle Bears team.
“That is something over the past two games that I’m the most proud of,” said Roaring Fork coach Heather Fox, whose team rallied for a 3-3 tie with a last-minute goal against Colorado Rocky Mountain School earlier in the week. “These girls do not give up at all.”
Roaring Fork junior Valerie Loertcher also scored a goal for the Rams (1-1-1 overall, 1-0-0 3A WSL), who recorded their first victory of the season. Rifle (0-2-0, 0-1-0), however, was singing the same kind of tune as Roaring Fork on Saturday after the Bears had rallied from a 2-0 halftime deficit to tie the game in the final five minutes.
Sadie Suarez and Cindy Pelaez scored in the second half for the Bears, with Peleaz’s goal serving as an equalizer.
“This was probably the best game that we’ve played in the past two years,” Rifle coach Rich Carter said. “Our girls showed a lot of heart and passion today, and we owned possession in the second half. These girls believe in themselves now.”
Laci Sjogren finished with 10 saves for the Bears, who play at Grand Valley on Tuesday. Roaring Fork will play at Coal Ridge on Thursday.
Kent Denver 3, Coal Ridge 1
ENGLEWOOD — Nicole Mooney’s free-kick goal from 25 yards away in the 37th minute for Coal Ridge knotted the score against the Sun Devils, but a pair of second-half goals against the Titans’ injury hampered lineup lifted Kent Denver to the win.
Brooke Esgar finished with 15 saves in goal for the Titans (1-2-0), who were without Mariela Martinez and Sam Dunn in the second half due to injuries.
“It’s early in the year,” Coal Ridge coach Micah Herron said. “We have just one game next week and then spring break, so it will give them a chance to rehab and rest up.”
Eagle Valley 2, Glenwood Springs 0
GYPSUM — The Glenwood girls soccer team fell to 0-4-0 overall and 0-3-0 in Class 4A Western Slope League play after its road loss to the Devils. Glenwood will continue league play when it hosts Delta on Tuesday.
Glenwood Springs 11, Montrose 3
MONTROSE — Ben Liotta scored four goals and Sam Liotta and Ian Rothman each added a pair of goals for Glenwood (2-0), which scored seven unanswered goals in the second half to pull away from the Indians and match their win total from the 2013 season.
Also finding the net for Glenwood were Reid Featherstone and Max Slack.
Glenwood, which also watched its junior varsity team win 7-1, will try to remain unbeaten when it plays a home game against Vail Mountain on Thursday.
Coal Ridge sweeps home doubleheader against Basalt
PEACH VALLEY — Caleb Maynard drove in the game-winning run in the bottom of the eighth inning to help Coal Ridge beat Basalt 9-8, and the Titans got a solid pitching outing from Kevin Grivy pitched a solid seven innings of a 5-3 Coal Ridge victory and a Class 3A WSL doubleheader sweep.
In the opener, Maynard lined a no-out single into the outfield to drive home Jake Solinger from third base, capping the Titans’ comeback from an 8-3 deficit headed into the bottom of the sixth inning. Coal Ridge used a five-run sixth inning to tie the game and send it into extra innings.
Solinger finished 0-for-1 batting with four walks, three runs scored and four stolen bases.
In the second game, Grivy struck out nine and walked three in seven innings, not allowing a hit until the sixth inning. Greyson Keener, Hunter Gerber and Jackson Seargent each doubled for Coal Ridge (3-2, 2-0 league), which hosts Grand Valley in a league doubleheader on Saturday.
Glenwood Springs splits twin bill with Battle Mountain
GLENWOOD SPRINGS — The Demons (1-1 overall and 4A WSL play) rebounded from a season-opening loss to the Huskies with a victory in the second game of their doubleheader at the Glenwood Middle School baseball field.
Senior Chase Nieslanik went six innings on the mound with four walks and five strikeouts, but Hunter Meier’s RBI hit off reliever Ian Scruton lifted the Huskies to a 5-4 win — their first league win since 2013.
In the second game, Glenwood used a seven-run fifth inning in their 12-7 victory to take a 12-4 lead.
Scruton finished 3-for-4 at the plate, Nieslanik hit a two-run homer to go with his solo shot in the opener, and Luke Ray got the pitching win with his five-inning outing.
The Demons continue league play Tuesday at home against Eagle Valley.
Roaring Fork recovers, but Olathe sweeps Rams
OLATHE — The Pirates no-hit the Rams in a 17-0, five-inning victory during the 3A WSL doubleheader opener between the teams, and the Rams bounced back strong in the nightcap before falling 9-6.
Calvin Corey pitched a perfect game for Olathe in the opener, retiring each of the 15 Roaring Fork batters he faces in order.
In the second game, Roaring Fork, which had four freshmen and three sophomores in its starting lineup, came to life. a two-run double from Drew Broadhurst highlighted a five-run fourth inning and gave the Rams a 6-5 lead before the Pirates (4-0, 2-0 league) answered with four unanswered runs.
“I really like the attitude of my team,” Roaring Fork coach Marty Madsen said. “They’re real fighters.”
The Rams play again Saturday in a league doubleheader at Basalt.
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Maya Lindgren had always considered herself “more of a softball girl,” until she started getting some serious looks on the basketball court during her junior season at Roaring Fork High School last year.