Girls lacrosse: Aspen prevails against Summit
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado
ASPEN – The Aspen girls lacrosse team jumped out to a four-goal lead midway through the first half against Summit High School on Thursday afternoon.
The visiting Tigers would not go quietly, however.
Playing for the first time since March 22, the Skiers appeared sluggish and repeatedly mishandled the ball. Despite allowing Summit back in the game, Aspen scrapped out a 13-9 win to improve to 4-1.
“That was a nail-bitter,” Aspen head coach Lauren Riddick said. “We weren’t playing our best. We were disappointed.”
Summit stormed back in the first half with four goals as penalties put the Skiers down two players. One penalty, which ended up haunting Aspen later, was called on Delaney Conner for shooting the ball at the Tigers goalkeeper’s head.
Summit knotted the score at 4 before Olivia Porcaro gave Aspen the lead in the waning seconds of the fist half with a powerful shot.
“The way that they approached the game, their whole heart wasn’t in it,” Riddick said. “It changed in the second half, but we had a couple of unfortunate events that made things harder on ourselves.”
After giving up an equalizing goal just two minutes into the second half, Aspen controlled the ball on the ensuing faceoff and fought back on offense. The Skiers scored the next four goals and were sparked by an impressive performance by Shannon Turbidy.
Off one faceoff, Turbidy won the ball and tore down the field. She beat every defender and slipped the ball low past the goalkeeper for a 9-6 lead.
“What impressed me today was that they didn’t let the hardship get them down,” Riddick said. “They still felt like that they could win and execute on defense, midfield, offense and draw controls.”
During the four-goal run, Conner was penalized a second time for shooting the ball at the opposing goalkeeper’s facemask. The penalty resulted in Aspen having to play a man down for the rest of the game.
“We can’t make things that harder on ourselves against some opponents coming up,” Riddick said.
On the defensive end, Aspen goalkeeper Molly Kadota stood tall against an onslaught of Summit attempts. Kadota tallied nine saves.
With six minutes left in the game, the Tigers pulled to 11-8, prompting an Aspen timeout. Immediately after, Turbidy again won the faceoff and proceeded untouched down the field, putting the game out of reach.
“It is difficult to come off (spring break) when you’re on the beach, or hanging out on Smuggler or skiing,” Riddick said. “You just have to get back into your rhythm and sometimes it takes a few days, or sometimes it takes a team coming after you. Today, that’s what it took.”
Porcaro paced the Skiers with six goals while Turbidy generated three.
“If there is a silver lining, it is that this was a good test for the next game,” Riddick said.
Aspen travels to Grand Junction on Saturday.
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Winter sports practices were officially allowed to begin last week, Jan. 18, after the Colorado High School Activities Association was given a variance from the state’s health officials. Games were allowed to be played starting this week.