Central’s Southam makes most of scoring chance

Central High School girls soccer coach Jacob Pingel had a gut feeling.

Normally, midfielder Teresa Giandonato takes direct kicks for the Warriors.

But late in the first half Friday, during Central’s final game of the season against Moffat County, Pingel let senior center back Shanelle Southam take the kick.

“I had one of those gut feelings,” Pingel said. “I felt like she’d get a good kick on it, and she did. It was a beautiful shot from 25 or 30 yards out.”

It was Southam’s first goal of the season, and it helped Central (6-8-1) win 3-1.

Cierra Pennal scored early in the match, assisted by Jaylynn Medina, and Giandonato scored an unassisted goal to give the Warriors a 3-0 lead at halftime.

Steamboat Springs 2, Fruita Monument 1, OT: Jordi Floyd scored with one minute remaining in the first overtime to lift the Sailors past Fruita Monument (8-7-1) in a nonleague match.

The Wildcats fell behind 1-0 before halftime, but tied it in the 58th minute.

Track and Field

Grand Junction has the lead after Day 1 of the Tiger Invitational.

Michael McKnight finished second in the discus with a throw of 138 feet, 11 inches and Quinton Walton was fourth with a throw of 130-7. Stockton Rock was fourth in the high jump, clearing 6 feet, and Austin Taylor was third in the long jump with a leap of 21-8.5.

Chance Jackson and Brandon Worley led a strong showing for second-place Palisade.

Jackson finished second in the high jump, clearing 6-2, and Worley was third in the shot put at 133-10.

Brighton leads the girls field, Delta is in fourth and Fruita Monument is eighth.

Delta’s Bryanna Music won the shot put with a throw of 42-9 and another Panther, Lily Lockhart, finished third at 37-10.25.

Girls Lacrosse

Nicole Twardowski scored three times and Lindsey Burenheide had five assists to lift Fruita Monument to a 21-4 Mountain League rout of Steamboat Springs. The Wildcats (12-2, 7-1 ML) outshot the Sailors 28-6.

Fruita Monument coach Mark Twardowski said he is unsure if the Wildcats would qualify for the playoffs. The Mountain League has only one automatic bid, with Aspen winning the league. There are 14 at-large spots available in the 20-team field.

Boys Lacrosse

Fruita Monument had a 2-1 lead after one quarter against Durango, but the Demons took a 7-2 at half and cruised to a 14-7 Mountain League victory. The Wildcats (4-9, 3-7 ML) close the season today at Telluride.


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