GYPSUM - When last Battle Mountain soccer took the pitch, it was snowy and the game went to a shootout, and we think it turned out well.
"It was fun to get a new season underway," Huskies soccer coach David Cope said. "We've lived the end of (the boys') season for a few months. It's been a great thing, but now it's good to get a new journey going."
It's a hard act to follow - 20-0 and state title for the gents in the fall - but Battle Mountain girls soccer team got off to a nice start of whatever may follow knocking off Eagle Valley, 10-2, Thursday evening at Hot Stuff Stadium in Gypsum.
"It was a really exciting start," said Huskies senior Rosie Davies, who had a hat trick. "I'm happy with the team. It was a good way to open it up."
And yes, that puts her on a pace for 45 goals in the regular season, which would be a school record.
"Hopefully," she said with a laugh.
Battle Mountain's Molly Phannenstiel broke the seal on 2013 in the 11th minute on a helper from Davies. (Davies also had three helpers during an impressive night.) Keelin Robinson gave the Huskies a 2-0 margin in the 16th.
The Devils did show plenty of spirit and got their first marker of the season, courtesy of Megan Asmussen midway through the half. Phannenstiel got her second and Davies had her first two scores for a 5-1 halftime lead.
In the second half, freshman Emily Cope notched the first two of her varsity career. Robinson struck again and Davies completed her hat trick. Taylor Denning got the Huskies' 10th.
Eagle Valley kept fighting to the end, though, and was rewarded for its efforts with a Mariel Gutierrez goal.
"Nothing like that for team spirit," Devils coach Jason Rittmiller said. "We needed that goal. That was great. We played a better second half. They fought to the end because they have character and they've got what it takes to be winners."
There's a new format in the 4A Slope this season for the ladies. The league is split into two divisions with Battle Mountain, Eagle Valley Steamboat Springs and Summit County making up the East. Divisional foes will play each other twice and face the West (Glenwood Springs, Rifle, Palisade and Delta) once. The top-two teams of each division will advance to the playoffs and play for league championship, while the third- and fourth-place teams will have their own tournament to round out league play.
Eagle Valley is at Summit today at 4 p.m. Said Tigers are also next for Battle Mountain Wednesday in Edwards at 6 p.m.
Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934 or firstname.lastname@example.org.