Versus Farmington USA Twinkies
Final Score: Lightning 3 – Twinkies 5
In an eight-on-eight match, the Farmington Twinkies started the scoring with three quick goals in the first half. Lightning forwards Ryan Yocum and Ethan Fletcher, along with midfielders Eli Hagemeyer, Jessica Walsh, and Michael Kriegshauser kept the pressure on the Twinkies with a half dozen shots at the goal, none of which paid off. Meanwhile, Kriegshauser and Gannon Rikkers on defense demonstrated some impressive passing, and Yocum managed to juggle the ball with a three-in-a-row header. Just prior to the half, Dillon Nafziger sent one into the Twinkie net on a penalty kick, bringing the score to 1-3. After the half, Hagemeyer sent the ball sailing over the fingertips of the Twinkie goalie for a Lightning score; unfortunately, it was followed by two more scores by the Twinkies. Jonathan Zaugg made two great defensive saves at the Lightning goal, and the final Lightning score came from Joshua Zaugg on a straight shot into the Twinkie net.
Versus Telluride Black Hawks
Final Score: Lightning 7 – Black Hawks 2
The Lightning started off the scoring with a goal by Joshua Zaugg on an assist from Dillon Nafziger. Then Jessica Walsh made a perfect pass to Nafziger who sunk it into the net, followed by a third goal by Eli Hagemeyer. Hagemeyer also made a key save at the Lightning goal to help goalie Eli Hietela keep the Black Hawks scoreless. After the half, the Lightning landed two more goals – the first by Jonathan Zaugg on an assist from Ethan Fletcher; the second by Fletcher himself. Walsh kept up the intense pressure on defense; she and Gannon Rikkers both made a key saves for the Lightning, as did goalie Ryan Yocum. Telluride finally responded with two goals, but Fletcher and Hietela came back with scores of their own. Laura Hanshaw and Michael Kriegshauser both demonstrated some skilled dribbling in the defense position, and Kianna Ziemann provided additional support in the backfield.
Versus Telluride Eagles
Final Score: Lightning 7 – Eagles 3
Joshua Zaugg started off the Lightning scoring with a sidekick into the Eagles’ net. Ethan Fletcher followed with another by sending the Eagles’ goalie kick right back at him. Then Fletcher made a great corner short on an assist from Eli Hagemeyer, bringing the score to 3-0. Fletcher continued his hot streak on an assist from Joshua Zaugg. Telluride barely snuck two goals into the Lightning net, but Michael Kriegshauser followed with a goal for the Lightning. Gannon Rikkers made a couple of memorable steals from the Eagles, and Ryan Yocum made two key saves at the Lightning goal. Jessica Walsh pushed the ball downfield, and then Fletcher scored again on an assist from Rikkers. Laura Hanshaw stayed extremely aggressive on defense and made dramatic saves at the goal and kept the ball away from the Eagles. Eli Hietela made a great dribble downfield which Jonathan Zaugg planted into the Eagles’ net. Kianna Ziemann scared the Eagles with a strong push at their goal, while Fletcher made a save at the other end of the field. Finally, an Eagle shot brushed by the fingertips of goalie Joshua Zaugg, leaving the final score at 7-3.
U12 Lightning Bested by Montrose Avalanche
Final score: Lightning: 1 – Montrose: 2
On Tuesday, October 20, the U12 Ridgway Lightning faced off against the Montrose Avalanche for the second time this season. The Lightning came out aggressive in the first half, with Joshua Zaugg quickly making four attempts on the Avalanche goal, but with no success. Laura Hanshaw and Jonathan Zaugg were forceful at mid-field and Gannon Rikkers made a couple of key saves on defense. Ethan Fletcher finally sent a goal sailing from the corner into the Avalanche net, shortly before halftime. Meanwhile, Lightning Goalie Derek Hanshaw blocked all of the Avalanche attempts. After halftime, the Avalanche increased their pressure on the Lightning, which paid off with a goal flying just over Hanshaw’s hands. Trevor Darcy and Fletcher both answered with powerful goal shots, but just missed the net. Eli Hagemeyer, Dillon Nafzinger, and Eli Hietela all provided sound protection on defense, backed up by Jessica Walsh, and Kianna Ziemann. The Avalanche scored once more before the game’s end bringing the final score to 2-1.