Prep notebook: Huskies and Gore Rangers girls soccer win big
Devils boys lacrosse falls to Lutheran while girls dominate Montrose
Battle Mountain and Vail Mountain School both claimed 10-0 victories on Thursday night. Vail Mountain School defeated Rifle to remain undefeated and improve to 5-0 overall and 3-0 in league play. The Gore Rangers host No. 2 Kent Denver, the defending 3A state champions, on Saturday at noon.
Meanwhile the league-leading Huskies rolled over Atlas Preparatory School at home behind hat tricks from Fiona Lloyd and Monica Duran. Alexis Wible scored her first varsity goal, Charlotte Thelen knocked one in from way downtown and Cassie Ledezma and Isabella Borg chipped in with scores as well as the Huskies improved to 7-1 on the year. Battle Mountain heads to Steamboat Springs Saturday to take on the defending league-champion Sailors, who are currently 4-4 on the season.
“Hailey Grant and Elle Glendinning combined for the shutout,” head coach Dave Cope noted afterward. “Our goalkeeping continues to be strong as teams are averaging under a goal a game against us.”
Eagle Valley fell 3-2 at Palisade on Thursday to move to 2-5-1 on the season and 1-3-1 in the 4A Western Slope.
Lacrosse notes: Devils stomp Montrose 21-1, Huskies and Gore Rangers keep on winning
Eagle Valley girls lacrosse had its way with visiting Montrose Thursday night, defeating the Red Hawks 21-1 in Gypsum.
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“I was happy with our game last night and especially happy to have Kat Desmond back after her injury clearance,” said head coach Genna Randall of the defender-turned-attacker. “She is a great presence on both ends.”
“We were able to get some of our players who are new to the game some time towards the end and give them an opportunity to grow as players in a safe environment,” the coach said.
Justine St. John and Emma Ross worked together to hold their opponent to just one goal, allowing St. John to get some time out in the field of play as well.
“It’s fun to coach so many players with so much talent,” the coach continued. “I think I can speak on behalf of the whole program and say we were thankful to have a few back-to-back practices to reset and get ready for this next stretch.”
The Devils (4-4 overall, 2-2 league) are at Roaring Fork Friday, Aspen next Tuesday and Battle Mountain the following Friday.
The Eagle Valley boys faced a tough test Thursday, falling 12-6 to No. 10 Lutheran in Parker. Eagle Valley (4-4 overall, 3-3 league), will host No. 9 Aspen in a crucial league game next Wednesday.
The Battle Mountain girls got out to an 11-1 first-half lead over Steamboat Springs Thursday en route to a 12-5 win.
“We did an excellent job of controlling the draw and winning the ground ball battle in the first half which allowed us to get into a comfortable position by halftime,” head coach Mat Ballay said, adding that Steamboat was able to cause turnovers, control possession and crawl back into the game in the second.
The Huskies were led by Molly Kessenich, who scored five goals, and Abby Dembeck, who notched three goals and an assist. Haley McKensie, Izabelle Kovacik and Anne Hilgartner also scored for Battle Mountain, which improved to 6-2 overall and 4-0 in league play. “Roxy Surridge had a great game and made several difficult saves,” Ballay added. Surridge stopped 11 of the 16 shots fired her way.
“I know as a squad, we are looking forward to some warm weather so we can continue to improve absent of a down jacket and sweatpants.”
The Vail Mountain boys handed Glenwood Springs their first loss of the season, trouncing the Demons 18-7 Friday night in Vail.
“It was a game of runs,” stated head coach Stephen Michel. “We jumped out to a 5-1 lead but Glenwood kept coming back. They are a well coached team that is great in transition. Their goalie played a fantastic game.”
Mason Geller had eight goals and five assists and Charlie Vidal added five goals and five assists of his own. For the second game in a row the Gore Rangers got a pole goal, this time from Trevor Donovan in transition.
“We did a great job of sharing the ball with 16 of our goals being assisted,” Michel noted. Alex Krupka finished with 17 saves and Jay McCormack and Connor Wade combined to win 21 of the 29 face offs for the Gore Rangers, who improved to 5-2 on the year.