Coming off their first loss of the season and with a key game this weekend, the Palisade High School boys soccer team could have overlooked Moffat County on Thursday night.
Palisade geared up for a matchup with Western Slope League power Battle Mountain with an 8-2 victory over Moffat County at Walker Field.
Senior Josh Meyers and junior Dexter Rudolfo both had a hat trick for Palisade (2-1-1), which is off to its best start in more than 10 years.
"We needed to win. We have a really big game on Saturday against a really good team, so this win was good for us," Meyers said.
Meyers kicked off the Palisade scoring spree with a pair of goals and junior Amias Delgado also scored early in the first half.
Rudolfo scored his first goal just before halftime and sophomore Silas Ford also scored before the break. Ford has scored in three straight games and also added four assists in Thursday's win.
Moffat County played more aggressively in the second half, but Meyers scored on a penalty kick and Rudolfo tallied his final two goals to put the game away.
Fruita Monument lost 10-0 to Columbine in the Dave Sanders Tournament in Aurora on Thursday.
The Wildcats (5-4) got singles from Jacquelyn Temple and Shay Cutshall in the loss.
Destiny Gardner had 18 kills and 12 digs to lead Central to a 25-15, 25-11, 33-31 victory at Rifle on Thursday night.
Chloe Nordstrom had 28 assists and nine digs, Silvia Gonzalez had 16 digs, Sami Stewart added 11 digs, Veronica Altop had nine kills and Raelyn Feaster chipped in four kills for the Warriors (4-4).
Palisade def. Eagle Valley 25-21, 25-23, 25-21: The Bulldogs improved to 4-4, 2-0 Class 4A Western Slope League with a homecoming victory.
Ella Yanowich and Kendyl Mac- Askill each had five aces, Yanowich led Palisade with six kills, MacAskill led in digs with 10 and Cassie Miller added eight assists.