Prep roundup: Six-goal day lifts Rams in season finale
CARBONDALE — The six goals that Roaring Fork High School senior Emily Fisher scored on Tuesday couldn’t make up for the fact that the Rams fell one win short of returning to the Class 3A state playoffs.
Fisher’s goal-scoring total — more goals than anyone in the Class 3A/2A Western Slope League has scored in a game this year — helped Roaring Fork easily beat Grand Valley 7-0. But thanks to Aspen’s 2-1 victory over Basalt on Tuesday, the Skiers snagged the league’s second and final spot in the Class 3A state playoffs.
“We did absolutely everything that we could do,” Roaring Fork coach Heather Fox said. “We really started to peak and finished the season really strong, but with the new [playoff] structure, it made a difference.
“Still, we finished the season playing our best soccer,” the coach continued.
Aspen (10-3-0, 7-3-0), which had beaten Roaring Fork twice this season, will join Coal Ridge in next week’s 3a state playoffs. Roaring Fork’s season ended at 8-5-2 overall (6-3-1 league).
Also finding the net for the rams was Kristen Joyner, who was assisted on her goal by Fisher. Other assists went to Valerie Loetscher (two), Joyner (two), Lisenia Sandoval (one) and Corey Johnson (one).
Grand Valley (2-12-0, 2-7-0) will finish its season at home Thursday against Basalt.
Moffat County 2, Rifle 1, OT
RIFLE — Cindy Pelaez scored a goal to put the Bears head in the first half, but the Bulldogs rallied and scored the game winner in overtime on a golden-goal penalty kick with five minutes remaining in the first overtime.
Rifle (4-11-0, 2-8-0 league) ended its season with two consecutive one-goal losses — the Bears fell 1-0 against Summit on Monday. All total, though, Rifle lost five games by a goal, which is a stark contrast from recent years past when they could score a handful of goals each season.
“We exceeded expectations this year,” coach Rich Carter said. “It’s great that we’re competitive now.”
Coal Ridge 11, Roaring Fork 1, 5 innings
PEACH VALLEY — Nathan Nelson and Kevin Grivey each homered and Tyler Slone finished 3-for-3 batting for the Titans (8-7, 7-3 3A WSL), who snapped a three-game losing streak.
Caleb Maynard earned the pitching win for the Titans on the mound, allowing one earned run and two walks with eight strikeouts in five innings.
Roaring Fork (2-14, 2-10 league) got a 2-for-2 outing from Aldo Pinela, a 2-for-3 performance from John Jensen and two hits and a double from Wyatt Farris in the loss.
Coal Ridge heads to Craig on Thursday to play a makeup doubleheader at Moffat County. The Rams host a nonleague game against Meeker on Thursday.
Moffat County 10, Grand Valley 6
CRAIG — Grand Valley’s baseball team fell to 3-13 overall and 2-10 in league play with its loss against the Bulldogs. The Cardinals finish the regular season against aspen on Saturday.
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