Tigers finally crack tough Fruita Monument defense in tight win

The Grand Junction High School soccer team got tested Tuesday at Walker Field in its final regular-season game.

Although the Tigers spent most of their 1-0 win over Fruita Monument with the ball, they had a hard time getting it to go into the Wildcats’ goal.

“That keeper (Fruita freshman Kylie Goetz) was good. She had it,” said Grand Junction forward Whitney Ravan, who scored the only goal for the Tigers.

“I feel like we just kept shooting and shooting and finally got it.”

Ravan’s winning goal came 65 minutes and 14 shots on goal into the game for Grand Junction. Jenna Short headed a pass to Ravan, who found an opening in Goetz’s defense.

“That was a perfect header right to me,” Ravan said, also noting that a softer shot on her end may not have gotten past the keeper.

“I’m glad I hit it hard,” Ravan said.

Goetz finished with 15 saves and was the centerpiece of a Fruita defense that kept the normally potent Tiger forwards at bay. The play of the midfielders and back line kept Grand Junction from getting open shots inside the penalty area.

“That was the plan — to keep them in front of us and let them take the 30-yard shots,” Fruita coach Tracey Burke said. “We have an incredible keeper. (We’ll) let them have those 30-yard shots because they’re not going to hit one that Kylie can’t save.”

Although Fruita (1-13-1, 1-9 Southwestern League) is done for the season, Grand Junction (11-4, 8-2 SWL) moves on to the state playoffs.

The Central soccer team finished its season with a 3-1 loss in Montrose.

The Warriors (7-8, 3-7 SWL) allowed three goals in the first half, two of them by Nicole Hoelzer. Central got on the board in the second half with a goal from Ashley Paul.

Lacrosse

The Grand Junction High School girls lacrosse team couldn’t keep pace at Summit, falling 11-6.

The Tigers (9-2) were tied 4-4 at halftime before Summit scored seven goals in the second half.

“(Summit) came out super aggressive in the second half,” Grand Junction coach Kathaleen Recker said. “They were very tough on defense.”

Recker said a lot of the Tigers’ offensive opportunities that existed in the first half were gone in the second half.

“We had possession in the second half, but couldn’t take it to the goal,” Recker said.

Morgan Emmons lead the Tigers with three goals and Santana Martinez added two goals.

The loss puts the Tigers in a tough position for the playoffs as the Mountain League is only guaranteed the league champion to make the postseason, and Summit now holds the top spot in the league.

Grand Junction wraps up the regular season Thursday against Fruita Monument at Walker Field.

“Thursday should be a celebration of the season and how lacrosse has grown in the valley,” Recker said.

Aspen 11, Fruita Monument 3: Mikayla Clark scored all three goals as the Wildcats fell at Aspen.

Fruita Monument coach Lenny Lang said the difference was the Skiers’ ability to capitalize on loose balls.

“They seemed to come up with every loose ball,” Lang said. “We were playing on a turf field and that threw us for a loop.”

Fruita Monument goalie Stephanie Long finished with 25 saves.

The Wildcats (6-5) look to bounce back Thursday against Grand Junction.

“We are struggling so hopefully we’ll pull out of it,” Lang said.


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