Demons beat Palisade in WSL showdown
Glenwood Springs held off a furious comeback try by Palisade in the final 10 minutes to earn a big 4A Western Slope League win Thursday.
The Demons got the 2-0 win off first-half goals from Grace McSwain and Ellie Austin.
The game was a battle for second place in the WSL standings. The Bulldogs beat Glenwood (8-3, 8-2 WSL) 1-0 in the first meeting, so the Demons needed a two-goal advantage in the game to take over second place behind Battle Mountain (10-1, 9-1).
Palisade (8-3, 7-2) put the pressure on late in the game but couldn’t find the net. The Bulldogs had a pair of good chances off direct kicks. Nicole Harkreader had a direct kick from a little more than 20 yards out that went high in the 62nd minute. In the 76th minute, Allyson Kissell’s direct kick from about 25 yards away went high as well.
Coal Ridge 4, Central 0: Cierra Pennal scored a goal to pull Central into a 1-1 tie at the half, but Paige Ryan’s goal five minutes into the second half stood as the game-winner for the undefeated Titans (12-0) in the nonleague game.
Ryan finished with three goals, assisted by Mariela Martinez each time, and Martinez scored the final goal.
The Warriors (4-6-1) kept the score at 2-1 until the 78th minute.
Grand Valley 6, Basalt 0: The Cardinals outshot Basalt 22-2 and scored five first-half goals in the nonleague game at Basalt.
Ashlynn Speakman scored two goals, including a second-half penalty kick, and had two assists for Grand Valley (8-2). Kyra Chenoweth also scored two goals and had one assist, with Randi Sheridan and Lauren Paskett also scoring in the first half.
Steamboat Springs 7, Rifle 0: Alice Holmquist led the Sailors (7-5, 7-3 4A SWL) with two goals.
Central won every match in straight sets to defeat Delta 7-0 in a nonleague dual.
The Warriors (8-1) dropped only one game in singles as Keira Trujillo at No. 1 and Hannah Keeling at No. 3 each won 6-0, 6-0, and Abby Bridgett won 6-0, 6-1 at No. 2.