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PREP SPORTS ROUNDUP: Soccer Demons survive scare from Palisade

Post Independent staff report
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Jeff Caspersen Post Independent

GLENWOOD SPRINGS – Facing a stingy goalkeeper in Palisade’s Amelia Davis, Glenwood Springs girls soccer coach Bryan Stoltzfus knew his team dodged a bullet in Saturday’s 2-1 win over the visiting Bulldogs.

“Their keeper is amazing,” he said. “We had shot after shot, opportunity after opportunity and she just kept turning us away.”

The Demons did break through a couple times after falling behind early. Courtney Clark scored early on a corner kick to give Palisade a 1-0 lead in the first half.

Kendall Strautman knotted things up later in the half, taking a pass from Michaela Mansfield and burying a goal.

Mansfield gave Glenwood (3-1-0) the lead in the second half, nailing the post with a shot that then ricocheted off a Palisade defender and in. Diana Banks recorded the assist.

Palisade dropped to 1-1-1.

PEACH VALLEY – Scoring twice in the game’s first four minutes, Coal Ridge rolled to a 7-0 girls soccer win over visiting Roaring Fork on Saturday.

Chelsie Ryan scored three goals and Zoe Reece, Ashlie Bowles, Kayli Hunter and Kourtney Mitchell all netted one apiece as the Titans improved to 2-0-1.

Roaring Fork dropped to 1-2-0.

RIFLE – Missing a few key players due to injury, Rifle’s girls soccer team emerged on the short end of a 4-0 score against visiting Delta on Saturday.

Rifle dropped to 0-5-0 on the season.

DELTA – Glenwood Springs got its baseball season off to a solid start, winning two of three games at this weekend’s Hotchkiss Tournament.

The Demons defeated Monte Vista (12-5) and Hotchkiss (7-3) on Saturday after a Friday loss to Hotchkiss (7-6). Glenwood played Hotchkiss twice after Weld Central dropped out of the tournament due to weather concerns.

“We had a pretty good weekend,” Demons coach Eric Nieslanik said.

All games were shifted from Hotchkiss to Delta due to the weather, which gave teams 40 mph winds to contend with on Friday.

Mario Gonzalez bashed a pair of home runs and drove in eight runs to pace the Glenwood offense over the weekend. Jacob and Oscar Dominguez had five hits apiece in the tournament.

Jacob, Collin Thornton and Kevin Flohr turned in solid pitching outings for the Demons, who were seeing their first action of 2010.

“It was a really nice weekend,” Nieslanik said. “For just our first time out, it was good. I was really happy with our defense. [Friday] was tough. We had 40 mph winds for our first time out. I thought the kids played a pretty good weekend of baseball.”

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