Weather, Demons too much for ‘Cats on soccer field

The Fruita Monument High School soccer team found itself battling two opponents Friday night at Walker Field.

The Wildcats were not only taking on the visiting Durango team, but also fighting a steady mix of rain and snow.

In the end, Fruita kept it close, but couldn’t get on the board, losing 1-0.

“When you’re playing in this type of weather it’s hard to play your game,” Fruita coach Tracey Burke said. “But Durango played a great game.”

The Demons’ lone goal came from Neely Surmeier in the first half. The Wildcats (0-6-1) look for their first win of the season, today against Montezuma-Cortez at 11 a.m.

LACROSSE

The Fruita Monument High School boys lacrosse team never found a groove and fell 12-3 to Steamboat Springs.

The Wildcats’ three goals came from Ethan Grider, Willie Stevens and Jeff Cunningham.

“Steamboat is a good team, they’re well-coached with great players,” Fruita Monument coach Mark Young said. “At the beginning of the game, we have trouble catching and throwing and that hurt us the whole game.”

The Wildcats (2-1) got a combined 16 saves from goalies Kyler Hanson and Cody Vonfelt.

College Basketball

Michael Dominguez hit a leaning 3-pointer at the buzzer to send the NABC Division II All-Star game into overtime, but his East squad lost to the West 125-120 at the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass.

Dominguez scored 17 points, had six rebounds and three steals.

“I’m glad I was able to be a part of it,” the Mesa State senior guard said after the game. “I never would have come to this city, let alone the Hall of Fame, so it was a good experience. It capped off a season I’m never going to forget.”

COLLEGE BASEBALL

Mesa State was just sending its first batter to the plate when the skies in Pueblo opened up. Umpires called the game because of rain and the Mavericks and CSU-Pueblo will attempt to play a pair of doubleheaders today and Sunday.

COLLEGE TENNIS

The Mavericks’ men’s and women’s teams defeated Hastings (Neb.) College in the morning by identical 9-0 scores, and the men upended Nebraska-Omaha 9-0 in the afternoon.

Mesa State won every match in straight sets, with only two sets against Omaha going to a tiebreaker. Weather permitting, the Mavericks play Minnesota State-Mankato this morning.


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