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Hansen scores four goals, while Lady Trojans shutout Bella Vista, 15-0

By: Matt Long, Sports Editor
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After a slow start to the season, Oak Ridge High’s girls’ lacrosse team has won four straight games to improve to 5-4-1 on the season.

Spring break didn’t cool off the Lady Trojans, as they ripped Bella Vista in two straight games, winning 11-3 Tuesday and then shutting the Broncos out Friday night, 15-0.

The Lady Trojans have competitive games next week against St. Francis and Granite Bay and the goal this week was to prepare for those opponents. Friday night the team accomplished that goal, playing well from start to finish.

“We had a very good game, playing well as a team and playing as we’ve practiced this week,” said senior Bridget Hansen, who led the team with four goals. “We had good ball movement and worked well as a team.”

Oak Ridge coach Eldore Wood agreed.

“We’ve been working hard in practice to build momentum for our games next week,” Wood said. “Our goal was to come out and dictate play and play in the fashion of how we want to play next week. We’ve also worked hard on our defensive skills.”

Oak Ridge, clearly the superior team showcasing more speed and athleticism, not to mention skill, scored early and often, working up a 9-0 lead at halftime. The Lady Trojans tacked on six more goals in the second half, while keeper Laurel Maunder kept the very few shots she faced out of the net.

Following Hansen’s four goals, Morgan Bakarich scored three and Bridget Malone and Natalie Carrillo chipped in two apiece. Marissa Perry, Madisyn Hallare, Meghan Simmons and Stephanie Polivka also found the back of the net.

Oak Ridge will now prepare to face St. Francis on the road Tuesday and Granite Bay at home Friday. The Lady Trojans lost to St. Francis 13-0 March 12 and will be facing Granite Bay for the first time.

“It will take a lot of strategy to win because it won’t be as easy to run around them,” Hansen said. “We’re going to have to play as a team and not as individuals.”

Wood added, “If we play like we did tonight next week, we should be able to give them a game.”