Central ends scoring drought in win over Fruita Monument
Even in the icy temperatures Tuesday at Walker Field, the Central High School girls soccer team was able to find relief.
After two straight scoreless games to start their league schedule, the Warriors (4-3, 1-2 Southwestern League) finally found the back of the net, beating Fruita Monument 1-0.
“It’s a feel-good win,” Central coach Doug Beach said. “We’ve been working on things and they’re starting to come around.”
After both teams blanked each other in regulation, Central scored in the last minute of the five-minute overtime period.
The goal came when senior striker Haleigh Higgins was able to get to a ball that rebounded off of Fruita’s Megan Golike.
“It was one of those things, the lucky part of soccer,” Higgins said. “Krista (Ferguson) made a really good pass in, and luckily the goalie just missed it and I was there to follow and finish.”
Golike entered the game in the last two minutes of regulation after an collision with Central’s Ashley Paul injured starting goaltender Kylie Goetz.
The Warriors were able to keep the ball in their possession for the early part of the game, relying on through balls to get looks.
Although Central came out aggressively, Fruita (0-5-1, 0-1 SWL) held its own with a stingy defense.
As the game progressed, the Wildcats were able to take more control on the offensive side but were unable to capitalize on chances late in the game.
In Palisade, the Bulldogs (2-1-1, 2-1 Western Slope League) recovered from a slow first half to defeat Moffat County 4-0. Sophomore Flannery Davis led the second-half onslaught with two goals, including the first of the game in the 44th minute.
“The first half we weren’t playing as a team,” Palisade coach Raina Sorensen said. “But in the second half we started passing, and it’s good to know they can shift gears.”
Palisade controlled the game, allowing Moffat County to take only three shots on goalie Amelia Davis. Nicole Lashus and Courtney Clark each added goals for the Bulldogs.
Grand Junction (2-1) applied plenty of offensive pressure, taking 31 shots on its way to a 8-2 victory over Glenwood Springs. The Tigers were led by Taylor Watkins’ five goals. Kris States added two goals and four assists.
“We did a great job of ball control,” Grand Junction coach James States said. “We got a lot of movement, and played well.”
Grand Junction got six saves from Kolton Flick in goal. The Tigers host Durango on Friday and Steamboat Springs on Saturday.
The tennis dual between Grand Junction and Fruita Monument was postponed because weather. The two teams had made their way into the second set of the No. 1 singles through No. 1 doubles before stopping. Fruita Monument coach Clint Davis said the two teams will resume action today at 3 p.m.