Aspen girls lacrosse off to blazing start
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO, Colorado
ASPEN – The Skiers started fast. Very fast, and on the road.
The Aspen High School girls lacrosse team rushed into the new spring season with a pair of high-scoring road victories.
The Aspen girls scored 11 first-half goals en route to a 15-4 victory over Battle Mountain on Monday in Edwards.
A weekend victory at Steamboat Springs, 15-6, set up the Skiers for their 2-0 start with an early season showdown scheduled Saturday at Durango.
“We have a nice mix of experienced players and some brand new players, including freshmen who are contributing,” Aspen head coach Lauren Riddick said.
She said the Skiers are tying to be more offensive-oriented this season.
“We made it a focus of our preseason to be more assertive on offense. We want to share the ball,” Riddick said. “It’s nice to see them put that to good use.”
Junior Shannon Turbidy scored six goals and added four assists in Aspen’s win over Battle Mountain, while teammate Libby Dowley, also a junior, scored four goals with two assists. Junior Nina Christensen scored three goals; sophomore Paige Johnson scored twice. Sarah Chiles added an assist.
Turbidy also scored six goals in the win at Steamboat Springs. She contributed two assists in the season opener. Johnson scored two more goals for Aspen, while Dowley added a goal and an assist. Nicole Zell, a sophomore, also scored a goal for the Skiers.
Freshman Kenall Anderson scored her first AHS goal. And Christensen also had a goal in the season debut.
“It’s really nice to have a lot of threats,” Riddick said. “When one player gets shut down, we can look to three or four others.”
The Aspen coach credited a defense that is growing with each match.
“Each half, you can see them gaining confidence,” Riddick said. “
Isabella Courtenay-Morris, a sophomore, was in goal for the Aspen victories.
“She had her best game (against Battle Mountain),” Riddick said. “This is only her second year of soccer.”
The undefeated Skiers will make the long trip to the Four Corners for an 11 a.m. Saturday game at Durango High School.
The Skiers are scheduled to host the girls from Steamboat Springs at 4 p.m. Tuesday.
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