LAFAYETTE — With three of its four losses coming in the past 10 days to some tough teams, the Centaurus girls lacrosse team had undergone a pretty discouraging stretch of late.
On Friday night at Spangenberg Field, however, the Warriors appeared to be a team that wants to control its own destiny with four games left on the regular season schedule.
Centaurus still has some big tests ahead, but in an 18-2 win over a young Thompson Valley team the Warriors were able to utilize a lot of girls and explore their depth in the second half — a crucial step for building the program as a whole, head coach Todd Briethaupt said.
Senior night was marvelous for the hosts as far as balance, and Campbell Briethaupt led the way with four goals and six assists to help the team improve to 7-4 on the season.
"I think the biggest thing we needed to do today was getting focused on getting back to playing Warrior lacrosse," said coach Todd Briethaupt, whose squad scored the final 16 goals of the game after it was 2-2 early. "We kind of had that feeling, hey, let's get on a roll and it has to start with the first game. We were able to build a good lead, pull the reigns back a bit and then work some of our younger girls in and get a glimpse at the future."
The Warriors were coming off consecutive losses to Grandview and Rocky Mountain, both coming by just two goals each time. A 10-8 loss to the Lobos was just the second time all season CHS had failed to post double-digit goals.
By winning plenty of faceoffs, showing patience in their rotations and executing smart cuts on a wide field, the Warriors had no problems getting accurate shots early and often against the Eagles (1-9 overall). In fact, even after seeing Thompson Valley score twice in the first 5 minutes, 18 seconds, Centaurus posted 10 goals still with 11:44 showing on the first-half clock.
To boot, the balance was ideal. Junior Arriana O'Brien scored two of the first three goals for her team, but six different girls found the net in that sequence of building a huge lead.
Overall, 10 girls scored goals with five players (Briethaupt, O'Brien, Tasha Ragland, Kyra Barnes, Annie Caplan) accounting for at least two scores.
"We wanted to make sure we were cycling the ball through and getting everyone a touch, as well as work on passing and catching," said Campbell Briethaupt, who enjoyed a nice moment with her father at halftime as the seniors were honored. "We make sure everyone's working hard, not just the people with the ball working to drive to the goal but also anyone who doesn't have the ball, just cutting and creating opportunities.
"We're a family and it's about creating equal chances for everyone."
Entering Friday as the No. 12 team in the ratings percentage index, Centaurus has almost locked down a playoff spot. Games against Kent Denver and Colorado Academy — the latter being the defending state champion — still loom, as do contests against Conifer and Air Academy.
Centaurus 18, Thompson Valley 2
At Centaurus HSThompson Valley (1-9, 0-4)20—2
Centaurus (7-4, 2-2)153—18
Goals — Centaurus: Campbell Breithaupt 4, Arianna O'Brien 3, Tasha Ragland 2, Kyra Barnes 2, Annie Caplan 2, Sydney Smith, Brooke Dietmeier, Claire Sullivan, Reilly Hawkes, Camrynn Schellman.
Assists — Centaurus: Briethaupt 6, Sullivan 2.
Goalies (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) — Centaurus: Mia Sanchez (50-2-0).