Preps roundup: Unbeaten Titans score four second-half goals to blank Bulldogs, take league
The Coal Ridge High School boys soccer team saved it all for the second half Thursday night at Palisade, scoring the 4-0 win to close out the regular season undefeated atop the 3A Western Slope League.
After a scoreless first half of play, the Titans opened fire with two goals in the first 5 minutes of the second from senior Sam Fulk. He would eventually score the hat trick, while senior Jack Price found the back of the net later in the half, as well.
“This was a complete team effort to close out the season and win the league,” Coal Ridge coach Michael Mikalakis said after the win.
“We had a great defensive shutout for (goal keeper) Cody Connor for a total of five on the season,” the coach noted. “I’m really proud of how all the kids played and bounced back in the second half to really compete and take control of the game.”
At 9-0 overall and running the league tables 6-0, the Titans should secure a top seed in the upcoming 3A playoffs. Coming into the week, Coal Ridge was ranked No. 4 in the state coaches’ poll, with an RPI power ranking of No. 5 in the state behind Lamar, Colorado Academy, Liberty Common and DSST: Conservatory Green.
— Thanks to Fil Meraz for contributing to this report
Summit 4, Glenwood Springs 0
In 4A league action Thursday night, it was Summit scoring all four of its goals in the first half for a 4-0 shutout win over Glenwood Springs in Breckenridge.
The Demons (5-4) still cling to the second spot in league behind undefeated Battle Mountain and just ahead of Eagle Valley (4-4).
Glenwood closes out the regular season with an 11 a.m. match Saturday at home against 0-9 Rifle.
Grand Valley 3, Roaring Fork 1
Playing in Carbondale Thursday night, it was Grand Valley in four games, 3-1, over the Roaring Fork Rams.
The Cardinals came out strong, scoring a 25-16 first-set win before the Rams gained some momentum with a 25-17 win in the second. It was all Grand Valley from there, closing out at 25-10 and 25-20 to take the match.
Grand Valley (4-6, 3-2 in the 3A Western Slope League) will host Basalt at 11 a.m. Saturday, and Roaring Fork (4-8, 2-5) is off until next Thursday when the Rams host Delta at 6:30 p.m.
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The Glenwood Springs High School boys soccer team closed out the season with a pair of wins over 3A/4A Western Slope League rivals Basalt and Roaring Fork.