Wind-blown Warriors win
Matt Miller and the Central Warriors adjusted to the windy conditions Thursday at Long Family Memorial Park and defeated Montezuma-Cortez 5-1 in a Southwestern League boys soccer game.
Miller scored three goals and just missed a couple more to lead the Warriors’ offense, which took 28 shots.
Miller popped the first goal in on an assist from Jacob Sebesta, then the two swapped for the second goal with Sebesta scoring on an assist from Miller. Miller added the third goal on an assist from Tanner Carroll to make it 3-0 at the half, when the Warriors had the gusty conditions at their backs.
It took a little while for Central to adjust to the wind in the second half, and the Panthers’ Ian Roberson cut the Central lead to 3-1 with a goal.
Miller scored on a penalty kick to make it 4-1. The senior just missed a goal earlier when he drilled a hard shot that glanced off the hands of Montezuma-Cortez goalkeeper Bridger Brenner, then off the far post.
Eduardo Cardenas closed the scoring for Central (4-5) with Sebesta picking up his second assist.
Grand Junction coasted to a 7-0 win over Central in an SWL match.
No. 1 singles player Jacob Lapkin won his match 6-1, 6-0, and Aaron Gossage won 6-0, 6-0 at No. 3 singles.
The best matches were at No. 2 singles and No. 4 doubles. Grand Junction’s Daniel Ness defeated Lael Nordstrom 6-2, 6-3 in the singles match, then Ben Arja and Ian Hegstrom subdued a scrappy comeback effort by Central’s John Taber and Josh May to win 6-0, 7-5.
Cedaredge swept a Class 3A District 5 doubleheader from Aspen, winning 16-1 and 19-3, ending both games in four innings.
The Bruins (9-6, 3-2 district) used 25 hits, 15 walks and three hit batters in the two games, with Heather Wilczek leading the way with five hits, including two doubles, and four RBI.
Basalt 19, Grand Valley 0: Winning pitcher Morgan Young threw a four-inning perfect game, and the Rams scored eight runs apiece in the first and second innings.
Palisade weathered a Summit comeback to prevail 25-14, 25-20, 23-25, 14-25, 15-10 in a Class 4A Western Slope League match.
“We had a couple of mental errors down the stretch,” Bulldogs coach Wendy MacAskill said, “but the girls were able to get fired up and take the fifth game against a good Summit team.”
Lexi Hall led Palisade with 12 kills and Alyssa Chutka had three aces and three blocks.