Prep roundup: Titans stay in girls soccer title hunt, blank Pearls
CARBONDALE — Three different people scored for Coal Ridge High School’s girls soccer team, which remained undefeated in Class 3A/2A Western Slope League play with its key 3-0 victory against Colorado Rocky Mountain School on the CRMS soccer field.
Joanna Hazelbush and Molly Mello each scored unassisted goals for the Titans, who also got a goal off a free kick in the 45th minute from Nicole Mooney. That goal staked the eighth-ranked Titans (7-3-0, 6-0-0 league) to a 2-0 lead before Mello’s goal in the 50th minute sealed it.
The victory leaves the Titans ahead of Vail Mountain (7-1-0, 5-0-0) in the league standings.
“We have had a lot of turnover from previous years, but these girls compete well,” Coal Ridge coach Micah Herron said.
Even with the loss, the Pearls (5-2-1 overall, 3-2-0 league) are the second-best team among the Class 2A teams in the league. The top two Class 3A and 2A finishers in the league standings will reach the state playoffs in their respective classifications.
Brooke Esgar had six saves for the Titans, who play a nonleague game at Class 5A Grand Junction Central on Thursday. The Pearls play again on April 21 when they host Aspen.
Glenwood Springs 3, Summit 1
GLENWOOD SPRINGS — Nina Scruton, Grace McSwain and Eryn Peterson each scored goals for the Demons (3-6-0, 2-5-0 4A WSL), who scored three unanswered goals on their way to winning their second consecutive game.
Erin Bucchin finished with four saves for the Demons, who coach Steve White said settled down after some frantic play at the beginning of the game.
“We really possessed the ball well in the second half,” White said. “We were a little impatient at the start, but we played much better once we settled down a little bit.”
Glenwood continues league play Thursday night at Delta.
Basalt 9, Grand Valley 0
BASALT — The Longhorns jumped to a 6-0 lead in the first half and never looked back on their way to a 3A/2A WSL victory over the Cardinals.
Grand Valley (2-6-0, 2-2-0 league) lost its sixth consecutive game since beginning the season with a pair of victories. The Cardinals continue league play Thursday at Aspen.
Aspen 5, Glenwood Springs 2
GLENWOOD SPRINGS — Sofia Nelson and Ivy Wight each won their singles matches during the Demons’ dual-meet loss to the Aspen Skiers at the Glenwood Springs Community Center.
Nelson won her No. 1 singles match against Caroline DeRosa 6-0, 6-3, and Wight, who has lost just once this season, easily beat Anna Citron at No. 2 singles 6-0, 6-0.
Maddie Silverman of Aspen beat Kelly Tran of Glenwood at No. 3 singles, 6-2, 6-1, with the Demons’ No. 1 doubles team of Kenna Zilm and Martiza Ruiz falling 6-1, 6-2 to Kelsey Ward and Olivia Carr of Aspen.
Also falling in straight sets for Glenwood was Avery Nieslanik and Taylor Fiscus at No. 2 doubles, Savannah Kelly and Nina Ally at No. 3 doubles, and Linda Ramirez and Hannah Slack at No. 4 doubles.
The Demons play again Friday and Saturday at the Delta Invitational tournament.
Coal Ridge 28, Roaring Fork 3, 5 innings
CARBONDALE — Coal Ridge (7-4 overall, 6-1 3A WSL) pounded out 17 hits and used a 10-run second inning to take control against Roaring Fork (1-10, 1-6 league).
Nathan Nelson finished 2-for-3 batting with five RBIs, including a three-run home run to highlight the Titans’ second inning. Hunter Gerber finished 4 for 4 with two doubles and four RBIs, Jake Solinger scored five times and went 3 for 4, and Kevin Grivey struck out eight and allowed three runs — none earned — in three innings with eight strikeouts.
Drew Broadhurst and John Jensen each finished 2 for 3 at the plate and Aldo Pinela added a triple for the Rams, who play a doubleheader at Gunnison on Saturday.
Coal Ridge continues league play Saturday with a doubleheader at Olathe.
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