EDWARDS - Anyone want to play goalie?
Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?
That was Battle Mountain boys lacrosse's predicament this week. Starting Keeper Zach Trombetta went down with a hamstring injury, so he was a no-go. Naturally, his backup got hurt in practice. (No member of Battle Mountain lax should stand outside on a clear day the way things are going. He'll still get struck by lightning.)
"We held goalie tryouts this week," said Huskies coach Jerry Nichols.
As it turned out, the coach didn't have to look far. Enter freshman Kevin Nichols from the junior varsity. The midfielder, by trade, ended up backstopping a 9-7 win over Fruita Monument Friday afternoon in Edwards.
And, yeah, kid, you get the game ball.
"The team did a nice job of dealing with some adversity," coach Nichols said.
In the continuing quest to play disciplined lacrosse, the Huskies were relatively whistle-free. They also had eight different guys score - no, this is not a Battle Mountain soccer story. As soccer coach David Cope loves multiple scorers, so does Nichols.
Cooper Perkins had two, and now a wee-bit of a roll call for the rest of the scorers - Quin Davis, Tony Clark, Mike Lange, Jesse Greve, John Harty, Clayton Davis and Lucas Brunette.
With young Nichols making his net debut, the Huskies played it close to vest with a possession game. Battle Mountain did a very nice job of playing keepaway.
The Huskies upped their record to 8-2 on the season. They head to Evergreen Wednesday and Grand Junction Friday.
Huskies edge Palisade
PALISADE - In the spirit of this week's Masters golf tournament, Battle Mountain soccer is the leader in the clubhouse.
The Huskies finished their league slate Friday afternoon with a huge 1-0 victory at Palisade. Battle Mountain is 7-1-2 in the Western Slope (7-1-3 overall) and awaits Steamboat Springs' results against Rifle, Glenwood Sprigs and Summit County. However things turn out with Steamboat's game with Glenwood and possible tiebreakers, the Huskies are in the league playoffs at the end of the month.
"Everyone in our league has a loss, so it's really interesting," Huskies coach David Cope said. "We don't know where we're going to end up - home or away, first or second. We just know we'll see either Palisade or Glenwood."
"It's huge, especially after the past few games where we were in a slump," said goalie Mindy Vickers, who had the shutout for the Huskies. "It proved to us that we can come back from anything."
The decisive goal came courtesy of an offensive-minded defender coming all the way up the field. (Not exactly a novel concept for Battle Mountain soccer.) It was Jenai Denardo (instead of Gunnar Wilson) from Emily Cope in the 48th minute.
"She's such a versatile player," Vickers said of Denardo. "She can play anywhere. Emily played an outstanding ball, and Jenai finished it with finesse."
While the rest of the Western Slope finishes up the schedule, the Huskies have spring break, and then play Coal Ridge at home April 25.
Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934 or firstname.lastname@example.org.