Rifle nips Palisade; Rams split doubleheader
PALISADE ” Rifle High School senior Brenda Cruz scored a goal in the third minute of Saturday’s Western Slope League girls soccer game here, then the Bear defense kept the host Bulldogs off the scoreboard to notch a 1-0 win.
The victory upped Rifle’s WSL record to 4-2-1 (4-3-1 overall) and more importantly, gives the third-place Bears a 1 1/2 game lead over Palisade for the league’s final state playoff berth.
The top three teams from the WSL advance to next month’s Class 4A playoffs.
Rifle’s freshman goalkeeper, Kadie LaRouque, earned her second shutout in as many games, making five saves on 12 Palisade shots on goal.
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The Bears have two scheduled league games on tap this week. On Tuesday, Rifle travels to Cedaredge High School for a match with Delta County, then returns home to face the current league leader ” Steamboat Springs ” on Saturday.
OLATHE ” Roaring Fork split a Class 3A WSL doubleheader with the Pirates here Saturday.
The Rams (3-4 WSL, 6-5 overall) won the first game, 8-7, breaking a 7-all tie in the eighth inning after Olathe tied the game on a pair of runs in the bottm of the seventh.
Roaring Fork starter Jake Boyle pitched all eight innings and won his fourth decision in five starts. Miseal Fernandez hit a two-run home run for the Rams in the fourth inning.
The Rams dropped the second game, 11-10, when Olathe scored eight runs for a 10-all tie in the sixth, then added the game-winner in the seventh inning.
Roaring Fork travels to Moffat County for a nonleague game on Thursday, then wraps up the road trip with a league doubleheader Saturday at Basalt.
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