Pflug’s four goals carry Fruita Monument past Montrose

Fruita Monument’s Sam Pflug passes to a teammate Thursday during the Wildcats’ 5-0 victory over Montrose at Canyon View Park. Pflug scored four goals in the win.

The Fruita Monument High School boys soccer team came out with a determined effort against Montrose at Canyon View Park on Thursday.

The Wildcats took a 2-0 lead at halftime and went on to a 5-0 win over the Indians.

Sam Pflug scored four goals and Kaed Olguin added another for the Wildcats.

Fruita Monument (4-3, 2-0-1 Southwestern League) head coach Ethan Johnson said it was a good game after the Wildcats’ disappointing loss last weekend.

“We had a rough game and we really turned it around today,” he said.

The 2-1 loss to Glenwood Springs last Saturday also forced starting goalkeeper Weston King out of the lineup with a concussion.

Against Montrose (3-4, 1-3), Stephen Hatch moved from his normal center-midfield position to man the goal.

Johnson said Pflug was a difference-maker.

“Sam was huge for us, he made some things happen out of nothing. Today he really stepped it up,” he said,

Johnson also credited Mark Halberg and Tanner Shields for playing well at the outside midfield positions.


Palisade continued its strong start in Western Slope League play, defeating Glenwood Springs 25-18, 25-23, 18-25, 25-19.

“It was a lively gym,” Palisade coach Wendy MacAskill said. “It felt more intense than it was and it was good to get a win on the road. It wasn’t our best match, sometimes when you play on the road, you have to find a way.”

Emily Tucker’s 11 kills led the Bulldogs (6-4, 3-0 WSL), who also got 23 assists and three aces from Gracey Higman. Emma Haas had three blocks and Abby Thiessen had 20 digs for Palisade, which plays at Eagle Valley tonight.

Grand Junction 3, Paonia 1: Grand Junction (6-4) defeated Paonia (7-1) at home in a nonconference match, 25-20, 20-25, 25-12, 26-24.

Tia Wright had 24 kills and Lexi Wright added another 12, and setter Vanessa Garcia ended with 42 assists for the Tigers.


Rifle kept its Western Slope League record perfect with an 11-2 home win over Palisade.

Rifle (11-3, 5-0 WSL) had 16 hits and took advantage of five Palisade (5-10, 2-3) errors.

Kaitlyn Jackson pitched a complete game with six strikeouts, and Kaitlyn Harris led the offense, going 4 for 4 with three runs scored and two RBI for the Bears.


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