Defense lets Tigers down in lacrosse loss to Aspen

Goalie Payton Bourdette kept Grand Junction in the game, but she needed more help from the Tigers’ defense Tuesday to stop Aspen.

After the Skiers scored the final goal of the first half to make it 6-6 at the intermission, they scored a goal several seconds into the second half and led the rest of the way in defeating Grand Junction 16-10 in a nonleague girls lacrosse game.

Both teams are in the Mountain League, but the first meeting does not count in the standings.

Grand Junction coach Amanda Simon said the Tigers (1-3) needed to keep their heads up on defense and do a better job of stopping the attacker bringing the ball up the field. Most of Aspen’s second-half goals came from one-on-one attacks, she said.

Meanwhile, on the Tigers’ attacks, Simon said, “I think we got a little lazy.”

She said Grand Junction’s transition was good and its attack moved the ball up the field, but around the net, bad passes cost the Tigers opportunities.

Aspen pushed its lead to 14-8 with about five minutes left, and the Tigers finally showed a little life when Hannah Price scored twice in a span of 11 seconds. That cut the deficit to 14-10 with 2:55 remaining, but the Skiers closed the game with two goals.

Skiers coach Lauren Riddick said her players made better decisions in the second half and “got a newfound intensity at halftime.” Shannon Turbidy scored six goals to lead Aspen, which outshot Grand Junction 34-17.

Bourdette made 13 saves for the Tigers, and Simon praised her, saying, “Our goalie played amazing.”

Girls soccer

Kristal Milholland scored two goals as Central defeated Delta 4-2 in a nonleague game.

Milholland scored on a corner kick in the 12th minute, bending the ball from the left corner to the back right post for a 2-0 lead. Chloe Marscon and Rylea Rottmann also scored goals for the Warriors (2-2).

Grand Junction 6, Eagle Valley 1: Taylor Chaffetz scored two goals, both from 18 yards out, as the Tigers (3-2) won their third straight game. Sam Melchor, Taylor Hein, Taylor Kochevar and Tia Wright added goals for Grand Junction, and goalie Guadalupe Torres made seven saves.

Girls tennis

Central swept the singles, including a three-set win at No. 2 by Abby Bridget, as the Warriors defeated Montrose 5-2 in a Southwestern League dual. The Warriors also got a 6-0, 6-0 win from its No. 1 doubles team of Leandra Medrano and Ellie Driscoll.

Grand Junction 7, Aspen 0: The Tigers won a pair of three-set matches to sweep Aspen in a nonleague dual.

Carolena Campos prevailed 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (8-6) at No. 1 singles and Kristen Balke and Anjana Thapa rebounded after dropping the first set to triumph 4-6, 6-4, (10-6) at No. 3 doubles.


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