A rough schedule the last part of the week could have hurt the Panthers chance for a good seed in this year's 3A Boys State Soccer Championships.
Delta's win over Moffat County was an 8-0 rout and did more harm than good in building the prime seeding instrument seemingly used by CHSAA for its pairings. Later in the week, Delta played an extremely physical contest against Roaring Fork, which had to win to remain alive in the selection process. The Rams used two penalty kicks to score their two goals, one in overtime, to defeat Delta 2-1.
When state pairings did come out late Sunday, the Panthers were seeded 12th and will host Bayfield (21st) on Oct. 26 at Delta High School at 4 p.m.
Delta 8, MC 0
The Panthers started fast and stayed that way in a quick start to outscore the Bulldogs 5-0 in the first half.
Senior Marcos Edmondson and sophomore Martin Corral had two goals and an assist for the Panthers in last week's match up with Moffat County. Four other players scored single goals in the win.
Senior Danny Mendoza scored the first goal near the 37:00 mark with Corral scoring the next two goals; 20:47 and 13:36 respectively, followed by sophomore Alex Fausto's goal coming at 3:03 and senior Bradley Davis scoring with 2:00 left in the first half.
Second half goals came from Kim Dohwan (33:55) and Edmondson's two scores finding the net at 31:55 and 27:07.
Senior Brandon Harper dished out three assists with teammates Dohwan and Mendoza joining Corral and Edmondson with single assists each.
Sophomore Felipe Bedoy claimed his 12th victory of the season in front of the net.
RF 2, Delta 1 OT
Delta's second match of the week was for all the marbles with the 3A WSL title at stake.
Roaring Fork, with the 2-1 overtime win, finished the regular season with a 6-2 record in league play while the Panthers completed their regular season with a 6-1-1 league mark. Delta finished 12-2-1 overall and the Rams were 12-3.
With yellow cards flying like snowflakes in the contest, Roaring Fork enjoyed a 13-5 free-kick differential in the match.
Roaring Fork scored its two goals on penalty kicks (one in the second half and the tie-breaker coming in overtime) were the difference in the contest.
Delta's first-half goal came on a crossing shot by Davis and was headed into the net by Edmondson.
Max Candela scored both penalty kicks for the Rams.
When asked about the No. 12 seed at state, Delta coach Elaine Wood had this to say. "We were given a pretty good seed - we didn't get pushed down due to the loss to Roaring Fork. Hopefully it will pan out for us. I sure like that we get to host at least the first game. We will be working hard this week to prepare for Bayfield."
Other 3A league teams in the pairings include No. 15 Coal Ridge (12-2-1) versus No. 18, The Pinnacle (10-3-2); No. 23 Roaring Fork (12-3-0) at No. 10 Aurora West College Prep (11-3-1).
No. 6 Ridgway hosts No. 27 Salida (8-6-1).
On Tuesday, Sept. 11, the Delta County Board of Commissioners called a special meeting to consider the board's response to the Bureau of Land Management's preliminary Environmental Assessment (EA) concerning the lease parcels proposed for the December BLM sale.
Several people from the North Fork were present to provide input.