GJ wins physical battle with Cortez
The Grand Junction High School soccer team dealt with plenty of physical play Friday at Montezuma-Cortez, winning 2-0.
“Their defenders were coming at us fast and physically,” Grand Junction coach Stephen Latta said.
As a result, many of Grand Junction’s 23 shots didn’t go the direction the Tigers (4-1-1, 2-0-1 SWL) wanted. Midway through the first half, Tim Hofer broke free of the defense for the first goal.
Grand Junction got another break when Sean Foster was fouled in the penalty area in the second half after receiving a cross from Chase Arrieta. Foster made the penalty kick.
Goalie Hill Bonin had eight saves.
Palisade lost 8-2 at Moffat County.
The Bulldogs (2-5-1, 2-3-1 SWL) had trouble adjusting to the speed of Moffat County’s offense, which took advantage of missed tackles, Palisade coach Drake Jandreau said.
Palisade got goals from Sam Tarin and Oscar Ponce.
Fruita Monument allowed two second-half goals, losing 3-1 at Durango.
The Wildcats got a goal in the first 10 minutes from Jack Allard.
Central advanced to the finals in six brackets at the Delta Invitational.
All three singles players and all but the No. 4 doubles team will play in the championship matches today.
In the No. 1 singles bracket, Jesse Nordstrom beat Montrose JV player Jacob Knowles 6-0, 6-0 in the first round and Hotchkiss’ Kacey Kropp 2-6, 6-4 (10-6) in the second. Nordstrom plays Cortez’s Max Demby this morning in the final.
Austin Krebill advanced in the No. 2 singles bracket, defeating Montrose’s Channey Dunn 6-1, 6-1 after a first-round bye.
Drake Geise defeated Fruita Monument JV player Thomas Scheevel 6-1, 6-1 and Hotchkiss’ Kevin Cummings 6-3, 6-3 to advance to the finals of the No. 3 singles bracket.
The No. 1 doubles team of Caleb Brown and Logan Emmert beat Fruita Monument JV players Kelson Beimer and Taylor Schofield 6-0, 6-2 to advance to the finals.
Travis Liden and Adam Mackley, the No. 2 doubles team, advanced with a 6-0, 6-3 win against Hotchkiss’ Jon Malievsky and Chris Lamberg.
In the No. 3 doubles bracket, Jacob Balinger and Ryler Colunga beat Fruita’s Joe Englebrecht and Hunson Rubison 6-1, 6-0 in the first round and Montrose JV’s Clayton Butler and Michael Harris in the second round 6-3, 6-1.
Fruita Monument advanced three players to the semifinals of the Pueblo South Invitational.
No. 1 singles player Anthony Pestello, defeated Lewis Palmer’s Duy Pham 6-1, 6-1 in the first round. He then defeated Brendan Bravo from Pueblo South 5-7, 6-2, 6-1 in the quarterfinals to advance to the semifinals.
No. 3 singles player Cody Iden and the No. 3 team of Levi Kramer and Matt Scofield play in today’s semifinals.
The Grand Junction boys weren’t going to let a slip stop Greg Eccher and Charlie Medina.
Despite both falling on the pavement during the Ouray Invitational, Medina finished second and Eccher finished fourth, leading the Tigers to the team championship.
The Grand Junction girls took third place, including a win by Kelsey Slauson, who finished in 23:02. Trinity Simmons took ninth with a time of 25:41.