Eagle Valley tops Battle Mountain in offensive show, 16-13
Vail, CO Colorado
EDWARDS, Colorado ” Nevermind the fact it’s just the second game ever between the two schools, the Battle Mountain and Eagle Valley girls lacrosse teams are already playing like rivals.
A match that featured high-scoring offenses, standout performances and a near-comeback ended with the Devils on top, 16-13, on Tuesday in Edwards. The victory is the second in a row for Eagle Valley against the Huskies, but it was much closer than the 10-1 score in the first meeting at a preseason tournament last month.
“They’re our rivals ” we were really excited (to play them),” Eagle Valley’s Stephanie Renzelman said. “They are good competition. At practice, we definitely had a little more motivation.”
The Devils needed that extra kick on Monday because they put in a new offense. The new scheme worked to perfection in the first half, an amazing feat considering Eagle Valley was only able to walk through it with no field available for practice.
After Battle Mountain took a 1-0 lead 30 seconds into the game, the Devils offense caught fire. Renzelman, Kyla Arguello and Amanda Morgan all scored goals in the first five minutes to stake Eagle Valley to a 3-1 lead.
“We put in a new setup for the defense and offense,” Eagle Valley coach Sarah Resch said. “It was our first game trying it out and it was very successful. We’re excited to implement that for the rest of our season. It worked out really well for us.”
The close tries kept coming for the Devils in the opening half. Ashley Atencio and Katie Sharp each scored to push Eagle Valley’s advantage to 6-3. Sharp’s goal was particularly impressive. The senior intercepted a Battle Mountain pass at midfield and sprinted into the Huskies’ zone for the score.
The Devils’ attack netted two more goals before the half by Morgan to give Eagle Valley its biggest lead at 11-4.
“We wanted to aim at the corners (of the goal),” Morgan said. “It seems to me like the lower the shot, the better.”
Kristi Waring keeps it close
Give Battle Mountain’s Kristi Waring credit ” she never stops running. Waring played all 50 minutes in Tuesday’s contest and scored eight goals for the Huskies.
“She was on fire today,” Battle Mountain coach Stacy Schapira said. “She is so good. There are so many girls on our team that have talent. She’s one of them for sure. She’s a very talented athlete.”
Waring scored in the first minute of the game, giving fans a preview of what was to come. In the 10th minute, she went low for her second goal after getting a nice pass from Nima Sherpa to cut Eagle Valley’s lead to 5-3.
The key to Waring’s success was her speed. She simply got the ball and ran around the Devils defense.
It looked like Eagle Valley would run away with game early in the second half. Renzelman ” who had six goals in the match ” scored 25 seconds after the break, but Waring answered less than a minute later to keep Battle Mountain within striking distance at 12-6. After two more goals, the first by Jana Weiss, the Huskies were right back in the game.
“The girls got down a little at the beginning,” Schapira said. “We lost our momentum, we lost our concentration. We changed it up so much that we may have confused them a little.
“We haven’t scored that many goals yet. The way we’ve come back is amazing. The team’s really developed as a whole.”
The Devils built up the lead behind Renzelman and Morgan. Both found the upper-corner of the net to stretch the advantage back up to seven with Eagle Valley holding a 15-8 edge.
“Stephanie has an amazing shot,” Resch said. “She can hit that top corner on either side. Our shooting was good today.”
Again, it was Waring who fired back. She scored two goals 15 seconds apart to cut the deficit to 15-10. Later, Brodie Waring added scores off near identical plays when Eagle Valley committed penalties.
Fortunately or unfortunately, depending on local allegiances, time ran out with Eagle Valley taking home the 16-13 win.
“I don’t feel like we lost,” Schapira said. “I feel like we came back from behind and ran out of time.”
Luckily for fans, both teams will go at it again on Saturday in Gypsum at 11 a.m.
Sports Writer Ian Smith can be reached at 970-748-2935 or email@example.com.