Preps roundup: Golden goal lifts Coal Ridge girls over Aspen
Aspen, CO Colorado
PEACH VALLEY – Aspen just about had Tuesday’s girls soccer game at Coal Ridge wrapped up.
A Lauren Anderson goal just before halftime had given the Skiers a 1-0 lead. All they needed to do was keep the Titans off the board the rest of the way. Easier said than done.
Kourtney Mitchell, who last Thursday lifted Coal Ridge to a 1-all draw with the Skiers in Aspen, worked her magic again. She scored with five minutes left, forcing overtime.
Needing a win to have a shot at a 3A Region 4 title, the Skiers gambled.
“We decided we couldn’t have a tie,” Aspen coach John Gillies said. “We needed a win, so we pushed three forwards.”
The strategy compromised the Skiers’ defense just enough to surrender a golden goal by none other than Mitchell. Her tally came in the first five-minute overtime period and effectively locked up a league title for the Titans.
And though Mitchell’s second goal technically earned Coal Ridge the win, the first one is what turned the tide.
“That equalizer was the killer,” Gillies lamented. “It was the winner for them.”
Aspen was playing without a number of players, including regular goalkeeper Lindsey Anderson.
Anderson was struck by Mitchell on a score in the 53rd minute of last Thursday’s game between the two schools. She suffered a concussion when Mitchell’s knee hit her jaw.
Gillies said he’s not sure when Anderson will be able to return.
Aspen hosts Rangely at 4 p.m. Thursday.
BASALT – The Longhorns closed out 3A Region 4 league play in style Tuesday, scoring six times in the first half en route to a 9-0 win over Vail Christian.
Noel Chiarelli led the way with three goals for Basalt, which improved to 10-1-3.
“It was a team effort,” Longhorns head coach Makenzie Eshelman said. “I think that we’re clicking as a team, because they know what’s ahead of them and they know it’s not an easy road. They decided to come out today and play with intensity. … When we’re on as a team, people have a hard time stopping our passing.”
Alexa Aitken, Ginevra Moore, Alex Dewind, Stephanie Alvarado, Annette Stenstadvold and Nelly Sanchez added goals for Basalt, which hosts 4A Glenwood Springs in May 6’s season finale (4 p.m.)
ASPEN – Amy Rogers cruised to a straight-sets victory in No. 1 singles, and Aspen pulled out a 4-3 win over depleted Glenwood Springs on Tuesday at the Maroon Creek Club.
The Demons were missing multiple key players, including usual No. 1 Courtney Bender, a student at Colorado Rocky Mountain School who was on a class trip.
“I haven’t played with a full varsity roster all year – that’s just how things have gone,” Glenwood head coach Phyllis Zilm said. “The [junior varsity replacements], they’ve got great attitudes. That’s what you need when you’re playing in unfamiliar, kind of scary varsity situations. That’s what I appreciate about them.”
Kayla Hansen and Maggie Brown picked up a win for the Skiers at No. 1 doubles, as did Hannah Feuer and Liz Seubert at No. 2 doubles and Ilona Schwarz and Jacqueline Jones at No. 3 doubles. In the latter, Schwarz and Jones cruised in the opening set, then prevailed 7-6 in the second to help their team take a 4-2 lead with just one match remaining.
“It was a good match, and Glenwood has got a pretty strong team,” Skiers head coach Scott Dorais said. “We had enough girls play well enough to get this victory.”
Senior Madison McCallum picked up a win for the Demons at No. 2 singles, as did Sarai Zilm at No. 3 singles. Tiffany Rodgers and Brandi Vinger pulled out a 10-7, second-set win to prevail at No. 4 doubles, Dorais said.
Aspen visits Roaring Fork on Friday, then will travel to Delta for May 5-6’s regionals. There, the top two teams in each position will qualify for the state tournament.
“Realistically, any one of our teams has a really good chance to finish one or two,” Dorais said. “They’ll have to play very well, and some right things will have to happen along the way.”
EL JEBEL – Two-out RBIs were the order of the afternoon on Tuesday, as Aspen’s baseball team hung a 7-2 defeat on visiting Grand Valley.
Chris Dreher had a pair of two-out, RBI singles as part of a 2-for-4 day and Taylor Mayer went 3-for-4 with a two-out, run-scoring base knock as the Skiers built an early lead and never looked back.
“We really just kind of chipped away each inning,” Skiers coach Nate Grinzinger said. “We didn’t really have any big innings, just some timely hitting.”
Though it wasn’t a two-out hit, Quinn Morehead took a mighty cut in the sixth inning, clearing the left-field fence with a two-run homer. His long ball followed a triple by Taylor Mayer.
Anderson Cole made his first appearance of the season for the Skiers. Cole, who had been sidelined with a medial collateral ligament (MCL) injury, pitched the final two innings.
Walker Moriarty got the start on the hill for Aspen. He struck out seven in 4 1/3 innings of work to earn the win. Daniel Munger came in to retire the final two batters in the fifth inning after Moriarty allowed back-to-back singles.
Michael Kellebrew provided the bulk of Grand Valley’s offense, hitting a sixth-inning home run.
Next up for Aspen is a Thursday date with Basalt in El Jebel. Grand Valley hosts Hotchkiss on Saturday.
RIFLE – Liz Baty fired a 109 and teammate Michelle Argeros carded a 127 for the Skiers in Tuesday’s tournament at Rifle Creek Golf Course.
Grand Junction Central’s Loren Forney finished with a 74 to earn medalist honors. Her effort helped Central capture the team title with 263 points. Fruita Monument (283) finished second.
ASPEN – Aspen found the net six times Tuesday. The one that did not count is the one it will remember most, however.
Allie Garrett’s apparent game-tying goal in the final minute was called off because of a defensive penalty. Eagle Valley stood tall on the restart, producing a run the other way that resulted in a goal that clinched an 8-6 Devils win.
“It was such a beautiful challenge by [Garrett]. She did everything right in that situation, and it’s just a shame there was a penalty and it got called back,” Skiers head coach Meredith Elwell Sauder said. “Hey, it happens. A foul is a foul, and you kind of have to move on with it.
“It’s tough to lose a game like that.”
Sydney Mondry scored twice and Delaney Connor, Nevada Crandall, Mary Beasley and Olivia Porcaro each added goals for the Skiers, who trailed 4-3 at halftime.
“It was back and forth and both teams were doing great things,” Elwell Sauder said. “An Aspen team has not really faced a one-goal game. … It’s another level of urgency, another level of pressure, another level of strategy. I thought the kids did a great job … not letting down and playing until the final whistle. That speaks volumes for the effort out there today.”
The Skiers will look to rebound Friday, when they visit Durango. The two squads will square off again Saturday.
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