Double hat tricks lead GJ soccer team past Sailors

Taylor Chaffetz and Sam Melchor each had hat tricks Saturday as the Grand Junction High School girls soccer team defeated Steamboat Springs 7-2 at Long Family Park.

Chaffetz and Melchor each scored a goal from beyond 25 yards, and Tigers coach Joe Graham said it was one of Grand Junction’s most balanced offensive attacks of the season. The Tigers had 26 shots on goal.

Chaffetz and Melchor gave Grand Junction (4-2) a 2-0 lead at halftime. The Sailors answered with a goal immediately after halftime, then Grand Junction’s attack blew the game open.

“They were looking to spread us out and get a cross in behind us,” Graham said. “It worked a couple times, but I felt like our defense did a great job limiting their opportunities.”

Goalkeeper Lupe Torres had five saves for the Tigers.

After opening the season with two lopsided losses, the Tigers have won four straight games by a combined score of 25-5.

Boys Swimming and Diving

Montrose dominated the field at its own meet, winning the Montrose Invitational with 778 points, more than double the total of second-place Glenwood Springs.

The Indians won all but three events in the Saturday session. Montrose’s A relay team won the 200-yard freestyle relay with a time of 1 minute, 35.54 seconds and the Indians’ B team finished in second place, about one second behind. Montrose also took the top two spots in the 400 freestyle relay, only three seconds apart.

Connor King won the 400 individual medley in 4:43.68, with Montrose claiming the top three spots. In the 100 backstroke, Daniel Hurford won with a time of 59.94. Clay Zentmeyer won two events: the 500 freestyle in 5:09.51 and the 100 butterfly in 55.13. Lane Zentmeyer won the 100 individual medley in 1:03.16.

Ethan Erickson, one of two divers at the meet, secured another win for Montrose.

Girls Lacrosse

Grand Junction took a 6-4 lead at halftime and carried that to a 10-6 win over Durango to win its Colorado Mountain League opener. With the win, the Tigers (2-3, 1-0 CML) ended a three-game losing streak.


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