EDWARDS - In a sign of the raised expectations associated with Battle Mountain soccer, the Huskies finished a 3-0 week with a tidy 3-0 win against Delta Saturday, and the reaction was almost a yawn.
This was a week that included road wins against Steamboat Springs and Glenwood Springs and saw the Huskies outscore three opponents, 14-0. (In past years, Huskies head coach David Cope might have been willing to trade all his Manchester United gear for wins at Steamboat and Glenwood.)
"It was really goad," Cope said. "I think we were little tired, but we were disciplined enough not to allow a goal."
The Man of the Match was Alex Trujillo, who had two assists. Cope described said passes as "awesome," and he's not prone to hyperbole. Joe LyBarger had two goals, while Chris Shea had one score.
Battle Mountain is 5-0 overall and 3-0 in the 4A Slope. The Huskies host Rifle Tuesday.
Skiers, VMS draw
EAST VAIL - Vail Mountain School soccer and Aspen will have to continue this Oct. 6.
Round 1 of the rivalry ended up in a 1-1 draw Saturday morning at Bandoni Alumni Field in East Vail. This was the appetizer, a nonconference game. The main course comes Oct. 6 in Pitkin County when the Skiers host the Gore Rangers for the 3A Slope game.
Garret Cerny got VMS' goal on a helper from Alex Leever.
"We took it to them, but, unfortunately, we didn't get the reward with the win," VMS coach J.D. Caldwell said. "We played strongly. Our team aspect is coming into full affect."
VMS (2-2-1 overall and 1-0 in league) hosts the Colorado Rocky Mountain School Thursday at 4 p.m.
Saints move to 3-0
DENVER - We really don't know if people have fantasy football drafts for Colorado 8-man football, but Vail Christian quarterback Austin Ellsworth would be a good pick.
The Saints quarterback completed 17-of 24 passes for 316 yards with six touchdowns and no picks in a 58-16 thrashing of Longmont Christian Friday. The senior also ran for 87 yards on six carries.
Mack Cooper ran for a touchdown, which was pretty remarkable because he had lost one of his contact lenses earlier in the game. Branden Currey also ran for a score.
Vail Christian finished its nonconference slate with a 3-0 record, and coach Tim Pierson says the Saints have learned a lot about themselves as a team.
The first thing is that they have replaced Sean Ryan, who graduated, at center, with a pearl of a freshman in Ryan Hethcote.
"We returned seven offensive starters, and we replaced Sean with a freshman," the coach said. "He's done well. He's very even-keeled for a freshman. We couldn't have been more proud of how he's playing."
Item No. 2 is that the Saints can hit on defense. Ethan Ellsworth and Currey were both in double digits in tackles against the Warriors. Gunnar Hamina had two sacks, and Clayton Davis shined with three interceptions.
The Saints host South Park Saturday at 1 p.m. at Eagle Valley. Please no "Kenny" jokes.
Saints fall to Panthers
RANGELY - Vail Christian volleyball continued its growing pains, dropping a 25-21, 25-22, 26-24 decision at Rangely Saturday.
"We played well. A few things just didn't happen," Saints coach Cathy Alexander said. "We had too many unforced errors. They have a big hitter and we sent too many free balls over the net when she was on the front row."
The Saints (3-4 overall and 0-2 in the 2A Slope) host Vail Mountain Tuesday at 6 p.m.
Devils bow to Delta
DELTA - Eagle Valley volleyball made some progress in a 25-19, 25-23, 25-19 loss at Delta Saturday afternoon.
Due to a quirk in scheduling, the Devils started their season only on Thursday and are 0-2 so far this season.
"We earned a few more points than we did against Glenwood (Springs Thursday)," Devils coach Shawn Weatherred said. "We're still giving away too many points. We'll get there. Hopefully, we'll be a second-half team."
The Devils will certainly be a busy team next week. They host Steamboat Springs Tuesday, are at Summit County Thursday, then back home for Montrose Friday and then at Battle Mountain Saturday.
Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934 or firstname.lastname@example.org.