Tigers get defensive in win over ‘Cats
The Grand Junction High School girls lacrosse team doesn’t have a problem scoring goals.
The Tigers usually struggle to come up with defensive stops — until Friday.
The Tigers (8-0) allowed a season-low four goals to defeat Fruita Monument 16-4 in a nonleague game at Walker Field.
“It was a good practice for us on defense,” Grand Junction coach Kathaleen Recker said. “We had a chance to do what we’re supposed to do, mark up and stop the ball. It’s good to see what we were working on (in practice) actually happened.”
“We even cycled some swing (bench) players in and they did great,” assistant coach Kate Diamond said.
Grand Junction junior goalkeeper Holly Meer made 13 saves, including three penalty shots and one save in a one-on-one situation.
“We always say Holly is the heart of the team,” Diamond said. “She’s so good. She knows what to do.”
Meer, who has played goalie since her freshman year, loves being the last line of defense.
“Our defense was phenomenal,” Meer said. “We were two men down (on penalties) and were still shutting them down. The whole team works well together.”
She doesn’t mind defending penalty shots, either.
“I like them better,” Meer said. “I can slow down and think about it. I can focus on the ball and not psyche myself out.”
The Tigers’ offense was its usual self, getting goals from seven different players.
Morgan Emmons had four goals, Kacie Jay had three and Emma LeFebre, Santana Martinez, Maddie Spor and Kara Wilsey each scored two.
“All of their players are very consistent as far as knowing their role,” Fruita coach Jamie Pietrack said. “They did a phenomenal job. They have a lot of attack players that are threats and hard to defend.”
Fruita Monument (5-4) took 18 shots. Destiny Mullen, Kiana Vogt, Clay Campbell and Pam Stevens scored for the Wildcats.
Fruita Monument has been plagued by injuries all season. Although Vogt played for the first time after sitting out with a concussion, she injured her ankle. Mikayla Clark severely rolled her ankle.
Fruita’s four goals were a season low for its offense.