Touchdown, Martinez: Devils lax wins, 10-5
Special to the Daily
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — The Steamboat Springs High School girls lacrosse team gave a very shorthanded Eagle Valley squad its best shot Friday night, but Devils sophomore Lindsay Martinez wasn’t having any part of it.
While a significant chunk of Eagle Valley’s roster was in Georgia playing club volleyball, Martinez stepped up to the tune of seven goals in the Devils’ 10-5 road victory at Gardner Field.
“Without Lindsay, we might have gotten beat, honestly,” Devils coach Stephanie Renzelman said. “It wasn’t even just goals. She was playing defense and picking it up in the midfield. She played hard. I’m really proud of her.”
Steamboat controlled the ball nearly the entire first half, peppering Devils goalie Kassidi Torbett with 10 shots. The big problem? Only one of those shots, from the stick of Sailors sophomore Ellie Crouch, found the back of the net. Torbett turned away the other nine, and Martinez dropped in a pair of scores for a 2-1 Eagle Valley halftime advantage.
The scoring quickly turned up in the second half for the Devils. After Steamboat’s Becky Brown knotted the game at 2-all just 30 seconds into the half, Martinez went to work, slicing in four unanswered over the next nine minutes of play.
“I guess we just came out as a second-half team,” Renzelman said. “Our passing looked a lot better and our ground balls did, too. Fundamentals, basically. At the beginning they just weren’t connecting. In the second half something clicked.”
The Sailors — who fell to the Devils, 21-6, two weeks ago — mounted a mini comeback around the 10-minute mark of the second half. Wyleigh Myers scored a Sailors goal to make it a 6-3 game, and Brown dashed her way to her second goal just 11 seconds later to narrow the Devils’ lead to 6-4.
SLAMMING THE DOOR SHUT
Again, Martinez slammed the door, scoring her seventh and final goal just inside 10 minutes. Devils senior captain Sarah Cooper finished off the scoring with three straight scores for Eagle Valley’s five-goal victory. Steamboat’s Bella Arce pitched in the team’s fifth goal with just seven seconds left to round out the night’s scoring.
Even in a loss to a severely shorthanded Eagle Valley roster, Steamboat coach Betsy Frick said there’s still plenty to celebrate from the Sailors’ sideline. In the Sailors’ previous five losses this year, Steamboat didn’t come within less than 13 goals of a win.
“I’m super psyched,” Frick said. “Everyone’s skills are picking up. They’re doing a better job of double teaming and talking on the field, just some of the basics. They had fun and everyone got to play, which is always good.”
TWO WEEKS OFF
Eagle Valley now goes on a significant game drought. The Devils have more than two weeks off before hosting Battle Mountain on April 21 at 6 p.m.