Rifle soccer clicks in second half against Devils
EAGLE – Rifle overcame a stellar effort by Eagle Valley goalkeeper Ross Kerr to down the Eagle Valley Devils 3-1 in a Class 4A Western Slope League game here Saturday.”He was tremendous coming off his line and handling crosses and shots,” said Rifle head coach Tom Taucher. “I told him that in the line afterwards – that he was fabulous.”Kerr had 10 saves in the first half, shutting out Rifle while Mauricio Lagos put one goal in after a scramble around the box.”We were doing pretty good in the first half, but in the second half, we just lost it, I guess,” Lagos said. “We didn’t start our second half like our first half.”Within five minutes of the second half, Rifle senior Adam Krick finally connected with the net, putting the tying goal on the board and following it with a second goal about 20 minutes later.Rifle kept up its onslaught of attempts, firing about 14 at Kerr in the second half. The persistence paid off and the Devils couldn’t return the shots.”Rifle’s got very fast forwards,” said Eagle Valley head coach Brian Large. “It’s hard to contain them for the full 80 minutes. Defensively, we were disciplined. For a while, we were actually frustrating them. But they must have talked about it and worked things out for the second half.”Rather than working anything out, Rifle just continued firing shots.”We created the chances; and if you create enough, eventually you’ll bury a few,” Taucher said. “I thought Eagle played well most of the game. Their back line played really well. Adam had jump. He was anticipating a lot of things and stopped a lot of Eagle’s attack down the middle.”• On Thursday, Seth Martin scored two goals to lead Rifle to a 5-1 victory over Palisade. Stuart Stapleton added a goal and an assist and Sean Melody and Bryan Cloninger each scored in the win.SoftballPalisade rallied from a 6-3 deficit to down Rifle 10-6 in a league prep softball game Friday at Kronkright Field in Grand Junction.Rifle (6-4 in league) took a 6-3 lead after the second inning, but Palisade (8-2) stormed back with one run in the third and three each in the fourth and fifth.Megan McWilliams led Rifle offensively with three RBIs and a home run. Lindsey McCue Locke was 2-for-4 at the plate. Alissa Skinner took the loss for Rifle, pitching 413 innings.Megan McWilliams led Rifle offensively with three RBIs and a home run. Lindsey McCue Locke was 2-for-4 at the plate. Alissa Skinner took the loss for Rifle, pitching 413 innings.
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Rifle High School wrestling won its matchup with Glenwood Springs Tuesday at the Glenwood triangular, while the Palisade Bulldogs took down both local teams.