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— Steamboat Springs High School girls lacrosse coach Betsy Frick had a feeling Saturday’s game at Fruita would be very competitive.

Steamboat had beaten Fruita earlier this month, and Frick sensed Saturday’s game could be close.

There was no such problem.

Steamboat (5-7) led early and throughout, coming away with a 14-8 win.

“In general, it was the most complete game we’ve played to date,” Frick said. “We did a really good job on defense and had a number of players contribute offensively.”

Nikki Fry led the Sailors with four goals. Aleigh Aurin, Emily Spiess and Jessie Wallace each had three goals.

Steamboat never trailed in a game that was tied only once, at 1-1 early. Steamboat took a 6-2 halftime lead, and Fruita could never get any closer.

Also big for Steamboat was the play of senior McKenzie Repollo in goal. Repollo stopped nine first-half shots and 17 in the game.

“They’re really playing well,” Frick said. “They’re working together well. It’s fun when you’re not under so much pressure. They can actually set the tone.”

Steamboat next plays at 4 p.m. Tuesday at home against Grand Junction.

To reach Luke Graham, call 970-871-4229 or email lgraham@SteamboatToday.com

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