‘Dogs fall to Huskies in WSL tourney title game
Palisade (10-4-1) had its dreams of a Western Slope League girls soccer title dashed by Battle Mountain on Thursday. The Bulldogs came up on the short end of a 1-0 game played in Glenwood Springs.
The Huskies scored the game’s lone goal in the second half and held off a frantic push by Palisade. Palisade coach Raina Sorensen said the Bulldogs lacked urgency early in the game.
“We played a little timid and didn’t start attacking until late. We just didn’t jell very well,” she said.
Even with the loss, Palisade is in the Class 4A playoffs. The 32-team field will be announced Sunday and Sorensen thinks the Bulldogs will likely be on the road for the first round, which opens Tuesday.
Fruita Monument 1, Montrose 0: Jamie Madson buried a free kick from 30 to 35 yards out in the second half to lift Fruita Monument to victory on Montrose’s senior night.
Madson’s high, powerful shot found its way through the opposing keeper’s hands and gave the Wildcats all the offense they would need. Fruita (8-6-1, 6-3-1 Southwestern League) is postseason-bound and will learn its first-round pairing when 5A playoff brackets are released Sunday.
Delta 6, Eagle Valley 4: Four nearly flawless innings of relief work by Isaiah Kathrein and a three-run outburst in the fifth inning lifted the Panthers.
Kathrein entered at the start of the fourth inning with his team down 4-3, surrendering only four hits and striking out seven the rest of the way.
Tyler Sandoval smacked two home runs and went 3 for 3 for the Panthers (13-3, 9-2 4A Western Slope League). Keaton Reiher and Jeremiah Baier were both 3 for 4.
The Montrose No. 4 doubles team of Alli Engel and Dorothy Wolinan and Cedaredge’s No. 3 doubles pair of Cassidy Zamarrippa and Britany Sullivan are bound for the state tournament after polishing off second-place finishes at the Class 4A Region 8 tournament Thursday.
After a championship-match loss to Steamboat Springs’ Sydney Boyd and Sabina Berend at Canyon View Park, Engel and Wolinan bounced back to defeat Cortez’s Skye Cole and Racquel Lucero in the second-place playback match, 6-4, 6-7 (6-8), 6-2.
Zamarrippa and Sullivan didn’t need a playback to advance to next week’s state tournament at Pueblo City Park after a loss to Steamboat’s Malla Fraioli and Hanna Haggerty in the finals.
The top two finishers in each flight earned a trip to state.
Steamboat dominated the region tourney, cruising to the team title behind individual wins in six of seven brackets.