Prep roundup: Rifle girls soccer team brings end to three-year losing streak
GRAND JUNCTION — Rich Carter, long after his Rifle High School girls soccer team had left the field on Friday afternoon, was still just a excited about the final result of the Bears’ game against the Grand Junction junior varsity as his team was an hour earlier.
“It was almost like we’d just won the World Cup,” the Rifle coach said. “There are seniors on this team who had never won a game before.”
Not until Friday afternoon, that is.
Thanks in part to a two-goal effort from Sadie Suarez — whose goal with eight minutes remaining gave the Bears a two-goal cushion — Rifle picked up its first victory in nearly three years with its 5-3 victory against the Tigers in Grand Junction.
Nicole Manera, Cheyanne Whaley and Cindy Pelaez also scored goals for the Bears (1-3-0 overall), with Whaley’s goal with 10 minutes remaining in regulation serving as the go-ahead score. Not only did that goal give the Bears the lead for good, but it was the third of four unanswered goals the Bears scored after they had fallen behind 3-1 at halftime.
The victory also snapped a 32-game losing streak for Rifle, which dated back to the Bears’ 3-1 win over Vail Christian in Edwards on May 1, 2012. The Bears finished 0-14-0 in 2013 and 0-15-0 in 2014 playing in the 4A Western Slope League before dropping down to Class 3A this season.
The win may have been against Grand Junction’s JV, but it was still a JV team from a Class 5A school, Carter noted.
Pelaez tied the score in the 65th minute when she found an opening on a break toward down the middle of the field. Then when 10 minutes remaining, Whaley gave the Bears the lead for good when she punched it into the net from 10 yards away during a scrum in front of the goal. Two minutes later, Suarez gave Rifle a two-goal cushion and the final goal of the game. Karly Ruiz finished with 17 saves in goal for Rifle.
“This is just the tip of what these girls are capable of,” Carter said.
Rifle is off for Spring Break until March 31 when the Bears host Coal Ridge.
Wight stays unbeaten as Glenwood falls to Durango
Senior No. 2 singles player Ivy Wight remained unbeaten following her three-set victory on Friday, but Glenwood’s girls tennis team dropped a 6-1 dual decision against the Durango Demons.
Wight prevailed in a match that took nearly two hours to complete, beating Kit Hackett 7-6 (13-11), 1-6, 11-9 to secure the only victory of the day for Glenwood.
Hackett, who usually plays at No. 3 singles but moved up on Friday, hung right with Wight, who was able to make fewer unforced errors during the match.
All of Glenwood’s other matcher were straight-set losses. Glenwood’s Sophia Nelson fell 6-1, 6-2 to Maggie Hackett at No. 1 singles, and Hannah Liberman won 6-0, 6-0 against Kelly Tran at No. 3 singles. At No. 4 doubles, Linda Ramirez and Nina Alley fell 7-5, 7-6 (8-6) to Ruby DeCora and Jasmine Herrera of Durango. Also falling in straight sets were Kenna Zilm and Martiza Ruiz at No. 1 doubles, Taylor Fiscus and Avery Nieslanik at No. 2 doubles, and Hannah Slack and Becky Eggleston at No. 3 doubles.
Glenwood plays another dual today right down the road from Durango at Montezuma Cortez.
Glenwood Springs falls to Jefferson Academy
COLORADO SPRINGS — Glenwood’s baseball team fell against Jefferson Academy 8-5 on Friday, and details on the Demons’ scheduled game against Manitou Springs were not available at press time.
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