Spreading out the goals: 10 Tigers score in easy win over Battle Mountain

Photo by Dean Humphrey—Grand Junction’s Amy Flukey breaks free to score Friday in the Tigers’ 13-5 victory over Battle Mountain at Canyon View Park.

The Grand Junction High School girls lacrosse team has gotten consistent scoring all season.

With the trio of Santana Martinez, Amy Flukey and Morgan Armbruster, the Tigers have had few problems putting the ball past a goalie.

But on Friday at Canyon View Park, the Tigers got a glimpse of their depth with a 13-5 win over Battle Mountain.

Grand Junction (9-1) finished with goals from 10 different players.

“It’s the end of the season,” Grand Junction coach Kathaleen Recker said. “I’m trying to get everyone some playing time and get everyone to practice shooting at the goal, too.”

Shooting was one thing the Tigers did plenty of, especially early. The first goal came 25 seconds in from Lindsey Erb and was followed up by a goal from Armbruster 1:11 into the game.

Armbruster eventually finished with a hat trick in the game, despite having a goal taken away because of an illegal crosse penalty in the first half.

It was the third straight game she scored three or more goals.

“I actually looked at the scorebook pretty good,” Recker said. “It’s like something clicked (for her) midway through the season and she just started scoring a ton every game.

“She’s really come into her own at the end of the season.”

Armbruster’s third goal, which came with 8:32 left in the first half, gave Junction a 7-0 lead.

Battle Mountain’s first goal came two minutes later when Natasha Bell, who had been beating Grand Junction’s defenders with her speed all day, was finally able to put one past Junction goalie Holly Meer.

Amy Flukey and Sarah Valleroy scored to finish off the half.

In the second half, the Tigers took a more conservative approach.

Battle Mountain had the first two goals of the second half. Bell scored her second of the day and Rylee McMillin added a goal before Emma Lefebre scored Junction’s first goal of the half 13 minutes in.

The two teams went back and forth with Junction scoring the final two goals of the game in the final two minutes.

Battle Mountain goalie Ali Feeney recorded eight saves and Meer finished with three. Grand Junction limited the Huskies to 13 shots.

Coming out of the win over Battle Mountain, Recker is confident of her team’s chances.

“They just are gelling really well together and hitting those passes,” Recker said. “That’s what we were trying to practice today, do a lot of passing.”

To help get to state, the team will need a win at Summit High School on Tuesday.

In the teams’s first meeting of the year on March 27, the Tigers lost 11-4.

“That will be tough,” Recker said. “That’s our one loss but that was March and we’ve improved a lot since then.”


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