The Grand Junction High School soccer team has had rival Fruita Monument's number lately, winning five consecutive matchups between the two teams.

Wednesday night at Walker Field, the Tigers made it six straight wins over the Wildcats with a 2-1 victory.

Grand Junction controlled the action through most of the first half, forcing Fruita goalkeeper Ryan McCloskey to make several diving saves.

"(This rivalry game) gets physical, it gets intense," said Grand Junction coach Jonathan Pando. "I'm a possession type coach, so to see the team starting to possess and move the ball around, that's the soccer I love. When they start doing that, that's when I get excited."

The intensity was evident throughout the game with numerous hard tackles by both teams.

With nine minutes left in the first half, the Tigers (2-4, 1-0 Southwestern League) struck first.

Freshman Luis Aguirre sent a corner kick toward the net, where senior Noah Snodgrass scored his first goal of the season.

The Wildcats (2-3, 0-1 SWL) fought back with senior Christian Torchia scoring nine minutes into the second half to even the score at 1-1. Torchia found the back of the net six minutes later, but was offsides.

With nine minutes left in the second half, a foul by Fruita in the box gave Grand Junction a penalty kick.

Senior Enrique Hernandez scored past McCloskey to give the Tigers the lead. McCloskey finished with eight saves in the loss.

"We definitely had more intensity in the second half, we were playing better, playing smarter, but in the end, it happens, we have to move on," Fruita defender Kyler Mc- Keachnie said of the loss.

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