Senior Emily Prieto scored with no time remaining Thursday, lifting No. 20 Simi Valley to a 6-5, come-from-behind win over visiting San Marcos.
The Royals (2-4) led 2-1 at halftime and forged a 5-3 lead on an unassisted goal from senior Demi Robitaille with 10:55 remaining in the game.
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With time running out, Battle dodged down the right side and circled behind the cage. Her shot was saved, but an alert Pioneer collected the rebound and passed up top to Prieto. Beating her defender with a hesitation move, Prieto dodged down the right side and whipped a sidearm shot into the net as time expired.
“I am so proud of how this team stepped up to play tonight,” San Marcos coach Paul Ramsey said, noting that his team has improved with every game and performed well through much of Thursday’s road game against an established, Top 20 program.
The Royals defense limited Simi Valley to 16 shots overall and protected their defensive end the best they have all season, Ramsey said. Sophomore goalie Shana Friedenberg had 11 saves for a career-best game in her first season playing the position. Robitaille led the Royals with 2 goals. Battle led all scorers with 4 goals for Simi Valley.
San Marcos opens Channel League play Tuesday, March 19, when it plays host to Dos Pueblos in a 6 p.m. game at Warkentin Stadium. Simi Valley plays host to La Canada on Tuesday (6:30 p.m.).
Information contributed by San Marcos Girls Lacrosse and culled from @SimiGirlsLax on Twitter.