Prep Roundup: Titans bounce back vs. Bears
PEACH VALLEY — Coal Ridge High School’s boys soccer team on Tuesday had some frustrations built up from this past weekend. That said, the Titans took their frustrations out on the Rifle Bears.
Sergio Valentin finished with three goals and three assists to pace the third-ranked Titans, who took a four-goal lead at halftime and never let up on their way to a 10-0 Class 3A Western Slope League victory over the Bears at The Pasture.
Valentin, a junior, netted his eighth, ninth and 10th goals of the season and his first hat trick. It helped the third-ranked Titans (9-2-0 overall, 3-1-0 league play) rebound from Saturday’s 2-1 loss at Vail Mountain.
Luis Galaviz added two goals, Ray Bencomo and Entique Bucio each had a goal and a pair of assists, Chaz Apostolik had a goal and an assist and Luis Vasquez and Miguel Navarro chipped in a goal apiece for the Titans, who held a 4-0 halftime lead. Alonso Pacheco added an assist, and Roman Plano finished with four saves to record his fifth shutout off the season.
Bucio, a Coal Ridge senior, now has 16 assists in 11 games this season, placing him at the top in all Colorado classifications in that category and 12th nationally. His 35 assists last season led the nation, according to statistics provided by http://www.maxpreps.com.
Rifle (3-6-0, 3-2-0 league play) had won two of its past three games prior to Tuesday’s loss.
Coal Ridge will continue league play Thursday at Grand Valley in Parachute. Rifle will continue its schedule Thursday against Grand Junction Central’s junior varsity.
Roaring Fork 3, Basalt 0
CARBONDALE — Three different players scored against the Longhorns to help the Rams (6-2-0 overall, 1-0-0 3A WSL) prevail in their league opener and win their fourth consecutive game overall.
Ben Carpenter, Lalo Clemente and Misael Ramos each scored goals for Roaring Fork, which pulled away in the second half after Basalt (4-8, 1-4-0) played the Rams to a scoreless tie at halftime.
Abraham Hernandez added an assist for Roaring Fork, which continues league play Thursday with a rivalry home game against Aspen.
Glenwood Springs 4, Eagle Valley 1
GLENWOOD SPRINGS — Junior striker Cameron Horning netted his second hat trick of the season and Oscar Villegas added a pair of assists for the Demons (5-7-0, 3-6-0 4A WSL), who snapped a three-game losing streak.
Horning put the Demons on the board with his goal in the fifth minute, then gave them a 2-0 halftime lead with his goal at the 22:38 mark of the first half. He scored his third halfway through the second half, and Miguel Peralta’s unassisted goal with three minutes remaining capped the scoring for Glenwood.
“The way that we can play is much better than our record indicates,” Glenwood coach Wayne Smith said. “We know that we’ll have much better results when we play as a team, and we definitely did that tonight.”
Ryan Nott had six saves in goal for the Demons, who are off until Oct. 7 when they play at Summit.
Eagle Valley def. Roaring Fork 25-9, 25-13, 25-17
GYPSUM — Leelah Ahumada finished with four service aces and Lyndsay Hansen chipped in four block assists and a pair of solo blocks for Class 3A Roaring Fork in its loss to the Class 4A Devils (10-4, 4-2 4A WSL).
The Rams (5-6 overall, 1-0 3A WSL), who also got a pair of aces from Ellie Derby, will continue league play Thursday at Coal Ridge.
Palisade 11, Rifle 2
PALISADE — Palisade High School’s softball team improved to 5-12 overall and 2-2 in 4A Western Slope League play with its home victory over the Bears on Tuesday.
Rifle fell to 1-14 overall and 0-4 in league play with the loss. The Bears will continue league play at 4 p.m. today at the Deerfield Park softball field with a makeup game against Delta.
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