Shot advantage doesn’t help Tigers

From left- Megan Blowey of Montrose and Stephanie Drake of GJ bnattle for possession.

A flurry of shots didn’t add up to a win for the Grand Junction High School girls soccer team.

Despite outshooting Montrose 19-5, the Tigers couldn’t find the back of the net Tuesday, losing 3-1 at Walker Field.

Montrose junior Emily Clifton stole the show, scoring the first and last goal for the Indians, with senior Karla Morales knocking in the Indians’ second goal.

Montrose took a 1-0 lead into halftime off Clifton’s first goal, which came with less than nine minutes to play in the half. Clifton sprinted through several Tiger defenders and poked the ball by the Tiger’s freshman goalkeeper Briana Vandenheuvel. The goal came despite the Tigers dominating the offensive end during the first half of the game.

“We just weren’t going to the ball like we needed to,” Grand Junction coach Adrea Tilford said of the team’s performance. “We needed to be first to it. We were watching a little bit more than we should have been.”

The Tigers (3-3-1, 0-1-1 SWL) tied the score early in the second half when sophomore Whitney Ravan scored off a through pass by fellow sophomore Kirsten Ryan. Ryan landed the pass just in front of Ravan, who was streaking down the left sideline. She received the pass, took several dribbles and floated the shot by the Indians’ charging goalkeeper, Kat Bony.

“She is pretty consistent,” Tilford said of Ravan. “She’s quick, she goes to the ball hard, she looks for her teammates, and she looks for the goal, too.”

The goal was the only blemish in Bony’s game, as the senior gave her best impression of a brick wall and stopped 16 shots to hold back an aggressive Tigers attack. 

The Indians (3-1, 2-1 SWL) took back the lead and the momentum within five minutes when Morales scored. The senior found the back of the net during a scrum in front off a pass by freshman Madison Gurule.

At the 26-minute mark, several players got tangled up in the penalty box, and it resulted in a penalty kick for the Indians. Clifton lined up for the shot and drilled the kick just to Vandenheuvel’s left. As Vandenheuvel side-stepped toward the ball, it caromed off her arm and squirted through the freshman keeper’s hands to give the Indians a two-goal lead.

Palisade 5, Moffat County 0

Flannery Davis and Lindsey Rasmussen both scored two goals as Palisade topped Moffat County at the Peach Bowl.

Davis and Rasmussen’s goals both came in the first half as the Bulldogs took a 4-0 lead at halftime.

“They have a real desire to score,” Palisade coach Luann Ehlers said. “That is something we have been trying to install in them.”

Rasmussen also assisted on Davis’ goals. Davis’ older sister, Amelia, had three saves in goal for the Bulldogs (2-1, 2-1 Western Slope League).

Flannery Davis, a freshman, has scored two goals in each of the Bulldogs’ first three games.

Palisade will next host Glenwood Springs on Thursday at the Peach Bowl.


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