Titans tie Rangely in overtime, 1-1
PEACH VALLEY – The Coal Ridge girls soccer team settled for a 1-1 overtime tie against Rangely in Thursday’s Class 3A Western Slope matchup, after doing everything it could to try to net the winning goal.With the score tied at one and less than 17 minutes left, the Titans began to bombard the Panther’s net.Chance after chance, Coal Ridge just couldn’t seem to get it in. Crosses would roll across the middle untouched, shots sailed wide and Rangely goalie Natiell Griggs denied shots like Greg Oden in the NCAA basketball tournament.Coal Ridge kept the ball in its offensive zone thanks to the impressive midfield work of Kelly Romero, who time after time headed and kept balls close to the Panther net.The Titans got their final good chance with 13 seconds to go in regulation, when Audrey Asplund broke away for a one-on-one with Griggs. Her last touch went a little too far and Griggs charged out to make a sliding stop to send the game into OT.”She did everything right. She had her head up and saw where the goalie was at,” said Coal Ridge head coach Brian Blair of Asplund’s attempt. “I think her last touch got a little bit away from her, but she didn’t take the shot too early. She did everything she could, it was just a good play by their goalie.”In overtime, each team had a few shots, but none were very threatening as the game ended in a tie.”Sometimes in soccer it just doesn’t work out, it’s not like basketball where you go back and forth, you miss, you make and get a lot of opportunities,” Blair said. “In soccer, you get a few opportunities and if you don’t get them games can be like this.”In the first half, Coal Ridge (3-1-1 WSL, 3-2-1 overall) got on the board 29 minutes in when Drew Simonson found Chelsie Ryan, who sent a shot up and into the goal.Rangely (5-1-1 WSL, 5-1-1 overall) came out with a new fire in the second half, taking control of the game and getting more shots on goal. Halfway through the second half, the Panthers finally made one count. Of the 16 shots fired at Coal Ridge’s goal by Rangely, whose only loss this season came at the hands of Basalt, the same team that handed the Titans their only WSL loss, freshman keeper Tori Verdieck stopped 15.”They tend to play the end of the game a lot better than they start out,” said Rangely head coach Kris Denny. “They have a good goalie though.”Coal Ridge will next head to 5A Grand Junction for a non-league contest at noon on Saturday.
Despite falling to Aspen 20-7 on Thursday at Riverside Middle School, the Coal Ridge baseball team had something to smile about.Down 20-2 going into the bottom of the fifth inning, the Titans put together a five-run rally to end the game on a high note. With two outs and the bases loaded, Darren Mathews ripped a triple to left field, knocking in three runs. Aspen’s pitcher then walked four straight batters, scoring Mathews and Brett Burrows, cutting down the scoring gap before the Titans were retired and the game was called because of the 10-run rule.Coal Ridge will be back in action on Saturday with a doubleheader at Roaring Fork starting at 11 a.m.
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