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Centaurus' Emma Lazaroff, left, fires a shot past Arapahoe goalie Brooke Engel for a goal during the Warriors' victory on Friday.
MARK LEFFINGWELL
Centaurus’ Emma Lazaroff, left, fires a shot past Arapahoe goalie Brooke Engel for a goal during the Warriors’ victory on Friday.

LAFAYETTE — There’s something about the century mark that, for lack of any deeper explanation, carries a special connotation.

That’s why even Emma Lazaroff couldn’t help but beam Friday, when she scored her 100th goal of the season in No. 6 Centaurus’ 23-11 shellacking of No. 5 Arapahoe at Warrior Stadium.

All season, the Duke-bound Lazaroff had deflected talk of individual numbers and insisted she take a look at the end of the season. But after netting 12 against Arapahoe to elevate her total to an astonishing 104 in just 13 games, her smile gave away that reaching triple digits was pretty satisfying.

“It’s crazy,” Lazaroff said. “I really owe it to my coach and teammates, because they’ve been working so hard to get me the ball. I definitely didn’t do it alone.”

The Warriors’ dismantling of a highly-ranked opponent came at a key time, considering Centaurus (10-3) had recently gone through a stretch of three straight narrow losses to ranked squads.

This time, a 9-0 blitz early in the second half made it 22-9 and the rout was on.

“I think losing to those teams brought out a new intensity in us,” said sophomore Sarah Brown, who added seven goals and three assists. “We went out there and played as hard as we could, and it worked.”

Olivia Holmes added two goals for the Warriors while Carley Dvorak and Katherine Burns chipped in one apiece. Goalie Kayli Weiss made some key saves early as Arapahoe (10-3) aimed to take control of the nonleague contest.

All that played second fiddle, though, to another milestone performance from Lazaroff.

“Emma steps it up,” Centaurus coach Genny Horning said. “Every year, every season, every month, every week, every day, every game she steps it up. She gets better every day.”

Arapahoe had started the season 10-1, but came in a bit grounded after a 20-8 loss to Kent Denver earlier in the week. Centaurus immediately established the notion that it wasn’t going to be any easier Friday. Lazaroff scored 11 seconds into the contest.

And then 11 more times.

“It’s just crazy what she’s doing,” Brown said. “She’s definitely where I want to be when I’m a senior.”

Lazaroff scored 111 goals last season in 18 games. That mark likely will be obliterated soon. Vanquished already are the Warriors’ struggles against top-notch competition.

“It puts us in a really good spot going into the playoffs with only two more regular-season games to go,” Lazaroff said.

Notable

Allison Camp led Arapahoe with five goals. . . . CU athletic director Mike Bohn will address Centaurus before its final regular-season home game Thursday against Golden.

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Centaurus 23, Arapahoe 11

At Centaurus H.S.

Arapahoe (10-3) 8 3 — 11

Centaurus (10-3) 13 10 — 23

Goals — Arapahoe: Camp 5, Englert 2, Walker 2, O’Donnell, K. Lindhardt; Centaurus: Lazaroff 12, Brown 7, Holmes 2, Dvorak, Burns.

Assists — Arapahoe: Camp, A. Lindhardt, O’Donnel; Centaurus: Brown 3, Dvorak.

Goalkeepers (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) — Arapahoe: Engel (50-23-11); Centaurus: Weiss (50-11-7).

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