Battle Mountain soccer doubles up Delta, 4-2
DELTA — This time, the Battle Mountain soccer team avoided the lu-lu game.
The Huskies, who have been maddeningly inconsistent at points this season, took care of business on Saturday with a 4-2 win at Delta.
The Panthers’ pitch is narrow and on grass, and the Huskies were coming off an emotional win against Glenwood Springs on Thursday.
(Insert the dramatic music that bodes ill.)
But a hat trick from Creek Kamby can generally take care of a team’s worries, along with another goal from David Ortiz in what’s becoming his style. (More on that later.)
“I think it took us a little while to adjust to the field,” Huskies coach David Cope said. “It was their Senior Day, and they were treating it like a playoff game.”
The Huskies broke through in the 38th minute with an Ortiz shot and Kamby getting the rebound because that’s what Kambys do, be they Jack or Creek.
The Huskies allowed a goal just before the half, causing some head slapping.
All Eyes on Kamby
Kamby (Creek, that is) restored order in the second half with two more, and this feeds the discussion of his role with the team — in a good way.
With the hat trick, that’s seven goals for the sophomore, so he is clearly a guy to have at the top of the alignment. (In fact, were it not for a bunch of iron, Kamby might have more goals.)
However, the same size that makes him such a potent player offensively makes it easy to see him, at times, in that center-back slot. His size recalls Huskies back liners like Connor Tedstrom, Cody Hervert and Connor Drumm.
On the other hand, Taylor Staughton, who is the latest in the center-back position with Eli Stephens, did get the assist on Kamby’s third, a promising sign. But keep an eye on Kamby late in close games as the season progresses.
Meanwhile, Ortiz got to the line in the 47th minute and sent it into the Delta box. It went off a Panthers defender and in. That’s two games in a row that the senior has done this, proving, when, in doubt, just lay it into the box and see what happens. It leads to good things.
Battle Mountain (8-3 overall and 7-2 in the 4A Slope) has the week off before heading to Gypsum for Eagle Valley on Saturday. In a game of note, Summit County hosts Steamboat Springs on Tuesday, and the Huskies would love a little help from the Sailors.
Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934, firstname.lastname@example.org and @cfreud.