Sophomore leads ‘Dogs past Aspen
Brier YoungFleish scored three second-half goals Friday to lead Palisade High School’s girls soccer team to an 8-0 win over Aspen at Walker Field.
The Bulldogs took an early 1-0 lead only five minutes into the game on a goal Nicole Harkreader. But that was it for scoring in the first half. The Bulldogs then erupted for seven goals to turn the nonleague game into a rout.
Palisade coach Raina Sorensen said the first half was a lot of missed chances and near-misses.
“We just talked at half, because we hit the post three times,” she said. “We talked about having that sense of urgency and putting the game away. We were passing too much and nobody was looking to score. But we finally got it going the in second half.”
The halftime talk by the coach obviously worked with Harkreader scoring her second goal in the 41st minute.
Audrey Rose Kachin assisted on both of Palisade’s first two goals, then found the net herself in the 44th minute for a 3-0 lead.
Then YoungFleish took over, scoring goals in the 55th and 62nd minute to up the lead to 5-0. She completed her first high school hat trick when she scored in the 74th minute
“I don’t know, something just clicked with her,” Sorensen said of the sophomore. “She’s like this little machine and she just kept going and going and going. She was going to the goal and had a couple really nice crosses for us. She was in the middle, she went wide, she was all over the place. “
Katie Mueller and Jenny Hicks also scored for the Bulldogs.
Durango 4, Grand Junction 2: Durango scored three second-half goals to pick up a Southwestern League win at home over the Tigers. The Demons took only five shots but Steffie Wilson scored twice.
The Tigers tied the score at 1-1 on a goal by Taylor Kochevar in the first half, then took the lead in the 53rd minute on a goal by Taylor Chaffetz. But the Demons scored three goals in the final 15 minutes to pick up the win.
Fruita Monument 1, Montezuma-Cortez 0: Courtney Coffey scored off an assist by Alyssa Maraschin in the 35th minute for the only goal of the game. The Wildcats had plenty of chances and finished with 24 shots. Jessica Smith had three saves in goal for the Wildcats.
Grand Valley 10, Rangely 0: The Cardinals scored all their goals in the first half and the game was called at halftime.
Ashlyn Speakmann scored two goals and Kyra Chenoweth and Codi Metcalf each had one goal and two assists for the Cardinals.
Fruita Monument split duals at the George Washington Tournament, falling to Centaurus 5-2 before topping George Washington 5-2. The Wildcats’ No. 3 doubles team, Tayvia Voytilla and Katie Vidmar, as well as the No. 4 doubles team of Amy Espinoza and Alyssa Bohrer picked up wins in both matches.
Voytilla and Vidmar edged Centaurus’ Katie Minnihan and Meghan Donohoe 3-6, 6-4, 10-8. The duo went three sets against George Washington’s Samantha Walisundara and Bryn Learned, winning 6-4, 1-6, 10-7.
Espinoza and Bohrer narrowly defeated the Centaurus team of Corrie VanLaanen and Mary Shultz 4-6, 6-0, 10-7 and then decisively defeated George Washington’s Kendall Stoetzer and Cat Chorney 6-3, 6-2.
Against George Washington, Jacque Soychak (No. 2 singles), Shannon Hautzinger (No. 3 singles) and Lyric Fortson and Sara Cesark (No. 1 doubles) won.