Armbruster’s big game lifts GJ to win

Photo by William Woody—Morgan Emmons fires a shot on goal Friday in Grand Junction’s 9-5 victory over Aspen. Emmons scored a goal in the Tigers’ win.

Morgan Armbruster was a little excited for Friday’s game against Aspen.

The junior on the Grand Junction High School lacrosse team grew up in Glenwood Springs, giving her a bit more motivation in the Tigers’ 9-5 win over Aspen at Canyon View Park.

“I made sure to get extra pumped today because I always get excited when we play Aspen,” Armbruster said. “I try to make sure the girls I used to play against in soccer and softball see me doing good in this, too.”

For a while, she was all Aspen saw.

Grand Junction jumped to a 6-0 lead by the end of the first half — powered by Armbruster, who scored five of the goals.

“She was on fire today,” Grand Junction coach Kathaleen Recker said. “It’s interesting because different girls are hot different games and this was her game.”

Armbruster was a model of consistency for the Tigers this season, scoring in every game, but Friday was the first time she led the team in scoring.

“Usually my other two, Santana (Martinez) and Amy (Flukey) are getting a lot (of goals) but they helped out a lot,” Armbruster said. “Usually I help them out too, so we’re doing well together.”

Armbruster opened the second half with a goal, before Aspen’s Delaney Connor got the Skiers on the board. Connor finished with a hat trick.

Grand Junction (7-1) got the lead up to 9-1, but allowed four straight goals to end the game. The Tigers allowed five goals in the second half.

“I do not know what happened second half,” Recker said. “We didn’t really have possession.

“We’re going to go back to the drawing board and look at that because we need to play (like) the first half for both halves.”

Durango 6, Fruita Monument 5

Fruita Monument’s roller coaster game Friday eventually ended with the Wildcats on the losing end against Durango, 6-5 at Canyon View Park.

The Wildcats fell behind 2-0, but tied the game a 2-2 by halftime. They opened the second half with three goals, but allowed Durango to come back.

The Demons scored the winning goal with six seconds left.

Despite the loss, Fruita coach Lenny Lang was pleased with his team’s performance.

Fruita goalie Stephanie Long recorded 11 saves and her Durango counterpart, Alyssa Spencer, had 10.

Melissa Meyers, Katie Heil, Mikayla Clark, Allison Fox and Jennifer Piburn scored for the Wildcats and Durango was led by Flor Chacon’s two goals.

Fruita (4-3) plays again today against Durango at 11 a.m. at Canyon View Park.

The Wildcats play Grand Junction at 4 p.m. on Tuesday at Canyon View Park.


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