EDWARDS - And now for the stretch run.
Having completed the season sweep in convincing fashion Thursday night, downing Eagle Valley, 10-2, Battle Mountain girls soccer is hitting its biggest week of the season.
Battle Mountain (6-0-2 overall and 6-0-1 in the 4A Slope) hosts Glenwood Saturday, Steamboat Springs Tuesday and is at Palisade Friday. With the league's new divisional format and upcoming playoffs, all three matches have gravitas.
Saturday's game at 1 p.m. in Edwards against Glenwood is the only meeting during the regular season between the Huskies and Demons. That's because the Huskies, Steamboat, Eagle Valley and Summit County are in the Eastern Division, while Palisade, the Demons, Delta and Rifle are in the West, with the top-two teams in each division advancing to the league playoffs at the end of the month.
If the standings were frozen after Thursday's game, Battle Mountain, atop the East, would be playing Glenwood, second place in the West, in the semifinals. Toss in the fact that the Demons beat Battle Mountain twice last season, and are the defending Slope champs and this should be a good one.
Next up is Steamboat on Tuesday at 6 p.m. The Huskies and Sailors played to a 1-1 draw up north with Steamboat getting the equalizer in the final minutes. Not only do the Huskies want to settle that score, but a win over the Sailors all but clinches the East for Battle Mountain.
The last of the trilogy is at Palisade Friday. The Bulldogs are atop the West, and have a 1-0 win at Steamboat on their resume.
"I think the season has different phases to it, and this middle phase is something we've been gearing toward for a long time," Huskies coach David Cope said. "This is really where we get to have a round-robin among the top teams in the league. We know Glenwood's going to be really strong and physical."
The Huskies took care of business against the Devils in efficient manner. Anna Tedstrom started the proceedings by singing the national anthem and then scoring 20 seconds into the game.
"It was pretty cool to do that," Tedstrom said. "They're both my passions. I'm in the drama department and the show choir."
You might recall from previous episodes of "The Lives of Tedstroms," that she played Rusty in the school's recent musical, "Footloose." On a soccer note, this is a change of pace for Tedstrom and her family. Anna has moved from defense to offense, whereas her older brothers, Charlie and Connor, who also played Huskies soccer, were fixtures on the backline.
"It's kind of weird," Anna said. "I haven't played forward since I was 8. But it's way more fun because I get to use all my energy up front."
Rosie Davies, Morgan Croke and Taylor Denning made it 4-0 lead. Alexis Nebbenlink scored her first varsity goal to make it 5-0 at the half.
Croke and Davies struck again in the second half, and the Huskies also got goals from Julia Mills, Keelin Robinson and Kelly Guarascio. No to be left out, Megan Asmussen scored twice in the second half for the Devils (2-7, 1-6).
"She'll score anytime you give her the chance," said Jason Rittmiller - Asmussen scored in the first meeting between the two teams in Gypsum. "They were two really smart shots that she put in the net. She's a talented player who also knows when to slow down and hit the ball just right."
Eagle Valley is at Palisade Saturday.
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