‘Dogs come up just short against Huskies

It played out just as Palisade High School girls soccer coach Raina Sorensen expected.

With the Bulldogs clanging a shot off the post in the waning moments and narrowly misfiring on other occasions Friday night at Walker Field, the Bulldogs dropped a 1-0 decision to Battle Mountain in a showdown between two of the top teams in the Class 4A Western Slope League.

Emily Cope’s goal in the 48th minute was the difference.

“When I look at the stats, it was almost exactly the same,” Sorensen said. “They had nine shots on goal. We had eight. We had a ball bounce off the post in the final minutes. We had a ball go wide. We knew it would be a good game. It’s everything we thought it would be in the sense it was well-fought.”

The loss dropped the Bulldogs to 7-1 overall and in the WSL. Battle Mountain improved to 7-1-2 in league play.

Grand Junction 1, Valor Christian 1: Goalkeeper Lupe Torres’ 20 saves kept Grand Junction afloat in a draw with visiting Valor Christian.

Taylor Kochevar scored off an assist from Jordan Drake in the first half to account for the Tigers’ lone goal. Valor Christian scored its goal off a first-half penalty kick by Kailey Norman.

Durango 1, Central 0: A first-half goal lifted Durango to a shutout win at home. Goalkeeper Marisa Brown finished with seven saves for the Warriors, who were outshot 7-5 by the Demons.

Moffat County 7, Rifle 0: Allie Ehlers and Jazmin Swinder each found net twice as Moffat County shut out Rifle on the road.

Girls Tennis

One Fruita Monument singles player and two doubles teams advanced to today’s finals in the George Washington Invitational in Denver.

No. 3 singles player Bronte Hayward won three matches, including a 2-6, 6-4, (10-4) victory over a Golden player in the semifinals.

The Wildcats’ No. 3 doubles team of Sara Cesark and Lindsay Dempsey and the No. 4 duo of Kelsi Barnett and Kayla Lyon advanced to the finals.

The No. 1 and 2 doubles teams reached the semifinals before losing.

Denver East 7, Grand Junction 0: Seven straight-set wins lifted Denver East to a win over visiting Grand Junction.

Girls lacrosse

Kacie Jay’s four goals helped Grand Junction’s girls to a 14-3 rout of Steamboat Springs.

Delaney Robison, Halle Harrison and Ashley Preuss each scored three goals for the Tigers.

Fruita Monument 14, Eagle Valley 6: Lindsey Burenheide racked up four goals and Lauren Sullivan added three in Fruita’s win over the Devils.

Alyssa Urban added two goals and goalie Courtney Petek made 15 saves for the Wildcats.

Track and field

Winning three of four relay events, Coal Ridge’s boys rolled to the team title at its own Coal Ridge Invitational.

The Titans won the 400, 800 and 1,600 relays and picked up several individual event wins to top second-place Eagle Valley and third-place Cedaredge.

Dante Markley (300 hurdles) and Austin Williams (shot put) won events for the Bruins.

Delta won the girls team title behind wins in the 100 and 200 by Skylyn Webb and a high jump victory for Callie Gafford. The Panthers also won the 3,200 relay.

Abi Grace McGee won both the 100 and 300 hurdles for Montrose. Jennifer Celis (1,600) and Natalie Anderson (3,200) were winners in the distance events for Hotchkiss.

Cedaredge’s Rachel Latta won the long jump and Rifle’s Joey Kuheim won the discus.


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