Overtime goal sinks Sailor’s girls lacrosse team in back-and-fourth game at Gardner Field
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — There were 27 goals in Monday’s girls lacrosse game, but in the end, the one that really mattered was the one scored by Fruita Monument’s Ella Dillon on her team’s first possession in overtime.
The goal gave the Wildcats a 14-13 win in a game where the two teams were separated by a goal for most of the afternoon. There were six lead changes in the game, and the Steamboat Springs High School girls lacrosse team did hold a two-goal advantage, briefly, four different times.
“That game could have gone either way, and it just didn’t go our way,” said Betsy Frick, the Sailor’s head coach. “Sure, I’m disappointed, but I’m pleased with the way our girls played.”
Neither team was able to take control of Monday’s contest, which was played at Gardner Field. The game was originally scheduled for last Friday but was moved because of the weather.
Fruita Monument scored first when Sonja Tierney netted the opening goal of the game with 22:54 left to play in the first half. But three unanswered goals, including two from sophomore Riley Schott and another from Isa DeMorat, gave the home team a 3-1 lead with 16 minutes left in the first half. The Wildcats’ Brandi Haller scored to close the gap, but Steamboat’s Lucy Shimek also added a goal to helping the Sailors regain a two-goal advantage.
But the half was far from over.
Fruita Monument got goals from Madi Haller, Brandi Haller and Dillon to regain the lead in the final minutes of the half. The Sailors rallied in the closing minutes with a goal from Shimek to tie the game at 5-5, and then another from Schott, who had three first half goals to put the Sailors up by a goal just before the end of the half. But Brandi Haller scored again with 15 seconds remaining to tie the game at 6-6.
“It was really fun,” DeMorat said of playing the game. “We all really played well together, and I think that is something that we can just keep working on for the next few days.
The back-and-fourth battle continued in the second half with the Sailors getting three more goals from DeMorat, three from Schott and another from Shimek. The Wildcats were led by Tierney with two, Dillon with two and Madi Haller with two. The team also got a goal from McKenna Nolan.
Steamboat’s Ava Thiel came up with a huge save in goal to keep the Sailors alive in the final seconds, and then Schott’s final goal of the game with just over one minute left to play forced overtime.
But things didn’t go Steamboat’s way in the extra period. Steamboat had the first chance to put the game away, but the Wildcat goalie Madie Acosta came up with a big save. A few minutes later Brandi Haller made a nice move and fed the ball to Dillon who gave Fruita Monument the win.
“It was really scary at the end. We had that free possession, and we had a great shot,” DeMorat said. “It wasn’t what we wanted, but I think we played great, and we really put it together.”
To reach John F. Russell, call 970-871-4209, email jrussell@SteamboatPilot.com or follow him on Twitter @Framp1966.
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