Prep Roundup: Rams top pesky Pearls in girls soccer
CARBONDALE — AO Forbes didn’t hesitate to talk about the kind of improvements his Colorado Rocky Mountain School girls soccer team has made compared to last season.
“We are so much better,” he said, speaking in a grateful tone. “Our girls have improved so much.”
Granted, those improvements didn’t result in a victory on Thursday against the Roaring Fork Rams, who got a hat trick from Emily Fisher en route to a 3-0 Class 3A Western Slope League victory. But they’re a stark contrast from the kind of performances displayed a year ago by CRMS, which regularly lost by margins of 10 goals or more.
“They have some different players than they had last year, so they’ve made some big improvements,” Roaring Fork coach Heather Fox said.
Fisher scored in the 35th minute to give the Rams the lead for good, and her goal in the 43rd minute gave Roaring Fork a two-goal cushion. She wound up capping the scoring — and her hat trick — when she lofted the ball in the upper half of the net from 25 yards away.
The Pearls, however, didn’t go down quietly. Near the 70th minute, Josie Horn was able to gain control from two Roaring Fork defenders to earn a breakaway on Rams goalkeeper Maddie Nieslanik. The senior’s shot, however, bounced off the top of the crossbar as those defenders closed in on her to help redirect the shot.
“We had a lot more energy in the second half, and that helped a lot,” Fox said.
Roaring Fork continues league play on Saturday when the Rams play at Basalt. CRMS plays its next game next Tuesday with a rematch of Roaring Fork at the RFHS field.
Grand Valley 9, Vail Christian 1
PARACHUTE — Ashlynn Speakman and Lauren Paskett each scored a pair of goals for the Cardinals, who outshot Vail Christian 33-4 on their way to an easy victory.
Randi Sheridan added a pair of assists, and Codi Metcalf and Kyra Chenoweth each added a goal and an assist for Grand Valley (5-2-0 overall, 4-1-0 league play), which held a 6-1 halftime lead. Logan Waterman, Megan Smith and Hayden Metcalf added goals for Grand Valley in the victory.
Grand Valley continues league play at home against Moffat County today.
Coal Ridge 9, Rangely 0
RANGELY — Paige Ryan notched a hat trick and added an assist for the unbeaten Titans (9-0-0, 5-0-0 3A WSL).
Amanda Wenzel added a goal and an assist, Jenny Call added a pair of goals and Sarah Solinger chipped in a pair of assists for Coal Ridge, which was ranked No. 4 in the most recent CHSAAnow.com Class 3A girls soccer poll.
Coal Ridge continues league play Saturday when the Titans host Moffat County.
TUESDAY: Glenwood Springs 3, Rifle 0
GLENWOOD SPRINGS — Haley Armstrong, Sierra Martin and Skyler Sherman each scored goals and Dani Benzel, Martin and Carol Stepniewski each had assists to help the Demons (7-1-0 overall and 4A WSL) prevail over the Bears (0-8-0). Glenwood plays in a nonleague game at Montrose on Saturday, and Rifle plays next at Grand Valley on Tuesday.
Grand Valley earns first win in DH split with Moffat County
CRAIG — Grand Valley High School’s baseball team moved to 1-8 overall, and 1-7 in Class 3A WSL play with a twinbill split with Moffat County. The Cardinals won the opener, 17-2, before falling to the Bulldogs in the nightcap, 17-3. No other information was available.
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