RIFLE — Battle Mountain girls soccer is already half-way finished with the season or only a quarter of the way done, depending on one’s perspective.
The Huskies battered Rifle, 10-0, on Thursday afternoon to run its league record to 5-0. That is half of the regular-season schedule in the 4A Slope. Of course, Battle Mountain has its eyes set higher and the optimum number of games this spring would be 20, as in a run to the state title.
“It’s almost like a college football schedule,” Huskies soccer coach David Cope said. “It’s front-loaded. We’re starting to get to the meat of the schedule. We know we’ll definitely be challenged when we play Steamboat Springs a second time. There’s Glenwood away, Mullen, Silver Creek and Palisade. We have tons of good games ahead.”
But having points in the bag is a nice thing. Junior Julia Mills scored twice, and those were her first two varsity goals. What is a little eerie is that Cope calls her Jules and Mills wears No. 14. For those looking for an omen, Julia Burnett wore No. 14 for the Huskies and became a terror to the opposition along with Kelsey Sanders.
Whatever happens, Thursday was a memorable day for Mills.
“Especially when a kid has been fighting for three years to get a spot on varsity, their first goals are a rewarding thing,” Cope said.
Morgan Croke and Logan Nash are not strangers to the scoresheet. They both had hat tricks. Taylor Denning scored twice and Acacia Ortiz had a goal.
Mindy Vickers and Ali Teague shared the shutout in net.
Battle Mountain heads to Summit County on Thursday for Round 2 with the Tigers.
Wheat Ridge tops Huskies lacrosse
Battle Mountain girls lacrosse suffered a tight nonconference loss at Wheat Ridge, 15-11, on Thursday.
“We were definitely competing with the them for a while,” Huskies coach Emily Jaissle said. “We just made a couple of mistakes that made the difference in the game.”
Maddi Conlin and Clare Baker both had hat tricks. Tyra Culler and Mabry Gentry ripped the twine twice, and Skylar Chaney scored a goal. Goalie Sienna Miller had 16 saves.
Battle Mountain (1-2) hosts Eagle Valley on Monday in Edwards at 4:30 p.m.
Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934, firstname.lastname@example.org and @cfreud.