Prep soccer teams blank foes
CARBONDALE – It wasn’t from a lack of effort, but there was an obvious, laid-back feel to Tuesday’s Basalt-Colorado Rocky Mountain School girls soccer game.
Two first half goals by the Longhorns dulled the competitiveness of the contest as Basalt calmly rolled to a 4-1 win over its Class 3A Western Slope League opponents.
Basalt had the game in hand by intermission.
After failing to convert their first eight shots on the CRMS net, the Longhorns scored their first goal in the 30th minute on Megan Stewart’s midfield floater which barely eluded goalie Marina Benson’s outstretched arms.
With a minute left before halftime, Basalt sophomore Sofia Stenstadvold raised the Longhorn lead to 2-0 on a shot to the upper corner of the left goal post.
CRMS’s accomplishments were few and far between in the opening 40 minutes. The Pearls mustered little offense, managing to get across midfield just three times with one weak shot on goal in the half.
Ashley Eaton, who assisted on Stenstadvold’s goal, scored the first of two goals the junior would have 12 minutes into the second half.
The unassisted score raised Basalt’s lead to 3-0. The game would have been more one-sided except for Longhorn goalkeeper Maddie Hoffman’s mistake a few minutes later.
Caught roaming out of the penalty area trying to corral a loose ball, the freshman keeper failed to notice CRMS’s Halley Keating sneaking in. Keating beat Hoffman to the ball, then redirected it toward an unguarded net for the Pearls’ lone score of the contest.
Basalt recovered from the error quickly.
Eaton punched a shot in on Stenstadvold’s pass in the 58th minute to regain its three-goal lead.
The win raises Basalt’s record to 2-1-1 overall and 1-1-1 in the WSL. CRMS falls to 2-1-0 overall and in league play.
Both teams have league games scheduled on Thursday and Saturday. Basalt faces Vail Mountain at home. CRMS travels to Eagle Valley. Both games start at 4 p.m.
On Saturday morning at 11 a.m., CRMS is at Vail Mountain and Basalt plays Roaring Fork in Carbondale.
Basalt 4, CRMS 1
Basalt 2 2-4
CRMS 0 1-1
B-Meghan Stewart (unassisted), 30:00. B-Sofie Stestadvold (Ashley Eaton), 39:00. B-Eaton (unassisted), 52:00, CRMS-Halley Keating (unassisted), 54:00. B-Eaton (Stestadvold), 58:00.
Glenwood 9, Cedaredge 0
The Demons continued their recent scoring binge against Cedaredge at Glenwood’s Stubler Memorial Field Tuesday afternoon.
Fresh off the day before’s drubbing of Moffat County, the Demons posted a 9-0 whitewashing over the overmatched Bruins, who are playing for the first time in the Class 4A Western Slope League this season.
In its second straight win in as many games, Glenwood has outscored its opponents 17-0.
Chelsea Strautman and Brittany Rippy each scored two goals and had one assist each to lead the Demons.
Shannon Smiley, Tobie Rippy, Amy Ackerman, Amanda Whiting and Heidi Wild also scored a goal for the Demons, whose overall record goes to 5-1-1, and 4-0-1 in league play.
Fortified by the wins, Glenwood can now turn its attention to Thursday night’s WSL home showdown with Steamboat Springs. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m.
“We have a huge amount of respect for them,” said Demon coach Steve White of the unbeaten Sailors (6-0 overall, 5-0 WSL).
“They play a similar style to ours and it will be a good match and a good game to see.”
The Demons conclude this week’s play with an 11 a.m. match at Palisade.
Glenwood Springs 9, Cedaredge 0
Cedaredge 0 0-0
Glenwood 5 4-9
Rifle 2, Moffat County 0
RIFLE – The Bears raised their Class 4A Western Slope League winning streak to two straight games on a 2-0 shutout victory over Moffat County here Tuesday.
Nikki Erpstead scored Rifle’s first goal in the 18th minute. Leah Finley added the insurance score with a shade over two minutes gone in the second half.
With the win, the Bears’ overall record is 4-3-1, and 3-1-1 in league play.
Rifle concludes a busy week with two road league games. At 4 p.m. Thursday afternoon, the Bears play Battle Mountain in Eagle/Vail, then travel to Steamboat Springs for an 11 a.m. contest with the Sailors.
Rifle 2, Moffat County 0
Moffat County 0 0-0
Rifle 1 1-2
R-Nikki Erpstead (unassisted), 18:07, R-Leah Feeley (unassisted), 42:20.
ROARING FORK 4,
OLATHE 3 (OT)
CARBONDALE – Megan Zeigel scored her second goal of the game four minutes into overtime for a 4-3 league victory against Olathe Tuesday night.
By working her way into the penalty area, the Ram forward scored on a close-in shot on passes from Tessa Zugschwerdt and Erin Young inside the lower right corner in the 84th minute for the win.
Zeigel also scored the game’s first goal in the 25th minute.
The Rams, who upped their record to 3-3 overall, and 3-1 in the Class 3A Western Slope League, held a 3-1 lead on goals by Alyson Romanus and Tarn Udall midway into the second half before Olathe tied the game at 3-all on Michelle Brew’s second goal of the half.
Roaring Fork goalkeepers Jazz Leslie, Megan Olenick and Romanus combined for 19 saves in the contest.
The Rams are at Moffat County on Thursday, then play Basalt at home Saturday morning at 11 a.m.
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