DENVER - OK, it doesn't quite go down as "Battle Mountain beats Mullen, 2-2," but it was pretty close for Huskies girls soccer Tuesday.
After thumping Eagle Valley and Summit in conference play to start the season, Battle Mountain was likely more impressive in a 2-2 draw Tuesday at Mullen.
"It's got to give (the girls) a ton of confidence," Huskies coach David Cope said. "You don't know how it's going to go when you go down to the Front Range. You can come back with a 4-0 loss that's a moral victory. Our seniors and juniors have been down to Cheyenne Mountain and gotten walloped."
Aside from the ability to give former Battle Mountain teacher and coach Pat Phelan, a Mullen alumnus, some guff, this result seems to indicate that the Huskies can hold their own with some of the bigger teams in the state. The Mustangs are ranked No. 10 in The Denver Post Poll in 4A and were 1-0-2 so far this season, all against 5A squads.
Huskies goalie Mindy Vickers had the assist on the first goal of the game. Her punt went to Morgan Croke for a 1-0 lead. That was appropriate as she was Player of the Game as voted by her teammates. Whereas Vickers and fellow goalie Ali Teague likely could have enjoyed the first two games of the season in a lawn chair, Vickers was tested often against Mullen. She had numerous quality saves, according to Cope.
Speaking of Copes, Emily Cope had what appeared to be the game-winner in 77th minute. But with a lot of physical play, there were three minutes of stoppage time added to the second half, and Mullen got the equalizer.
"That's a credible result for us," David Cope said.
Battle Mountain (2-0-1) hosts Rifle tonight at 6 and Silver Creek Saturday at 4 p.m. Please note the time change on the latter.
Devils blank Glenwood
GLENWOOD SPRINGS - That's all you've got, Johnny Bailey?
OK, we kid. All Bailey did Tuesday afternoon was have four goals and seven assists as Eagle Valley boys lacrosse rolled Glenwood Springs, 15-0.
"He had a nice relaxing 11-point game," Devils coach Ted Boddy joked.
On a more serious note ... "I'm very impressed with Johnny as a leader," the coach said. "He set his goals and he wants to make sure he's feeding (other teammates) just as much as scoring."
Congratulations are also in order for Devils goalie Grant Johnson, who had the first shutout of his career. Nick Briggs also had a hat trick for the Devils (1-2).
"It was good to see that our guys performed well," Boddy said. "We didn't play down to the level of the competition."
The Devils host Grand Junction Saturday at noon at Hot Stuff Stadium in Gypsum.
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