Prep Sports Roundup
Brycen Fauser’s 35-yarder about a minute into overtime delivered Rifle a 5-4 boys soccer win over visiting Palisade on Saturday.It was Fauser’s second goal of the afternoon, and he got a little help from the wind and top spin.”There was super strong wind,” Bears coach Mark Knighton recalled. “It deflected off one of their defenders and had such wicked top spin that it just fooled (Palisade’s) keeper and bounced over his head. It was a one in a thousand kind of goal, really. It was just a weird, weird, weird game.”Weird definitely described Rifle’s afternoon. The Bears went up 4-0 early in the second half on an Evan Muldoon header courtesy of a perfectly placed cross from Dru Batchelor-Marlow.That followed first-half goals by Garret Babcock, Fauser and Kyle Zumbrennen.But Palisade rallied back with a vengeance, eventually leveling the score.”We were up 4-0, feeling confident, feeling comfortable and then it was 4-1, then 4-2, 4-3,” Knighton said. “I was thinking, ‘Oh God, we’re gonna let this get away from us, aren’t we?'”But Fauser came to the rescue in overtime to bail out the Bears, who are now 2-0-1 in overtime games this year, including a Thursday triumph over visiting Glenwood.”We love those tight games,” Knighton joked.Rifle improved to 3-2-1 in the Class 4A Western Slope League and to 4-4-1 overall, while Palisade dropped to 1-5 in league and to 2-7 overall.Next up for the Bears is a Thursday homecoming contest with Battle Mountain.
Battle Mountain rolled to 8-0 in Class 4A Western Slope League play on Saturday with a 25-7, 25-7, 25-19 volleyball win over Rifle in Vail.Sandy Samson led the visiting Bears with six kills, while Kalli Leigh had six digs, and Kori Kosht tallied eight assists.”We’re just that team where we try to take control and we’re just a little one step behind,” Rifle coach Geneva Farr said.Rifle, 4-9 overall, is still looking for its first WSL win of the season. The Bears will hope to get it on Thursday when Delta comes to town for a match at 5:30 p.m.
The Coal Ridge volleyball team was unable to dig out a win on homecoming night, falling in three games to Gunnison.The Titans dropped to 5-3 in the Class 3A Western Slope, and 8-5 overall while Gunnison moved up to 3-2 in league and 6-4 overall.Coal Ridge will be back on the court on Tuesday to face the Skiers at Aspen at 6 p.m.
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