Battle Mountain soccer draws with Glenwood
And Huskies lax likely punches its ticket
GLENWOOD SPRINGS — And it goes to the computer.
In the latest episode of “Strange Stuff Happens to the Huskies at Stubler,” Battle Mountain soccer finished the regular season with a 2-2 draw in Glenwood Springs on Thursday night.
The Huskies finish 13-1-1 overall and 11-0-1 in the 4A Slope. Battle Mountain was 12th in the Rating Percentage Index, entering Thursday’s game. Everyone will see what the computer spits out on Sunday. The Huskies should be home on Wednesday for the first round of the 4A state playoffs.
“It was really good,” Huskies coach David Cope said. “We improved on three fronts. Last year, we lost in overtime here. We went 11-0-1 in league. I think we’ve improved our (playoff) seed. We’ve checked three of the boxes. Now we want to check the fourth box, advancing further in the playoffs.”
Battle Mountain was 11-4-1 overall and 10-2 in the Slope last year. One of those two league losses was a 3-2 overtime game in Glenwood. The Huskies were a No. 16 seed starting the playoffs, so check, check and check.
Battle Mountain beat Sand Creek, 3-2, in the first round before losing to eventual state-champion Windsor, 5-0. So the fourth box would be the Elite Eight.
It should be noted that the Huskies lost their zero on Thursday night, allowing their first two goals during league play. That said, the odds of Battle Mountain getting out of Stubler with a shutout were slim. According to maxpreps.com, the Huskies haven’t held the Demons scoreless on their home pitch since records started in 2009. Battle Mountain did blank the Demons in Glenwood, 4-0, in 2008, capping the only 15-0 spring in the program’s history.
Stop us if you’ve heard this before, but Rayna Kenney had a corner kick in the 22nd minute and Claire Krueger was on the other end for a 1-0 lead.
The Demons replied with Sarah Helm off a corner kick.
Battle Mountain’s Kate Mitchell knocked in a rebound from a Gabby Caballero shot just before the half.
Glenwood got a penalty kick and tied it. Cope had no comment on whether he thought it was a foul, adding that he would have to look at the game’s recording before rendering judgment.
Cope said that he felt his team should rise after Thursday’s draw, possibly as high as No.10, not that he checks the RPI religiously.
The 4A Western Slope should end up with three teams in the postseason. Steamboat was No. 18 and Glenwood Springs No. 28 with 32 teams qualifying for the playoffs.
Huskies lax likely clinches playoffs
FARMER”S KORNER — That should do it.
Everyone with Battle Mountain boys lacrosse should knock on wood and/or get out the old lucky rabbit’s foot just in case, but it looks like the Huskies just made the playoffs.
Battle Mountain finished up the regular season with a 10-3 win at Summit County to make it four victories in a row. The Huskies (8-7) were ranked No. 12 in RPI, going into Thursday’s game.
That ranking may change a number or two, but not by five spots.
“I think we’re OK,” Huskies coach Connor Compton said. “I don’t think we’ll drop any further than 13.”
Sixteen teams make the tournament.
What is fun is using the RPI for speculative purposes. If the rankings were frozen on Thursday, the No. 12 Huskies would be at No. 5 Green Mountain. Steamboat Springs is ranked No. 4 — but CHSAA prohibits first-round matchups between conference foes; Air Academy is No. 6 and Aspen No. 7.
The last is intriguing. The Skiers still have two matches to play, which means they could move up in the rankings. After RPI determines the field, CHSAA does take geography into consideration, sometimes tweaking the rankings.
Battle Mountain at Aspen in Round 1? Could happen.
The Huskies beat the Skiers, 6-5, in overtime in Edwards in March.
In the meantime, Battle Mountain lacrosse is darn happy to be in the playoffs after sitting at 4-7 a little more than a week ago. The Huskies have run off wins against the Vail Mountain School, Eagle Valley (sitting No. 16 in the RPI), Glenwood Springs and Summit.
“I’m so proud of our boys coming together and working hard,” Compton said. “This is the time of year when you want to be playing your best lacrosse, and I think we are.”
Tucker Morrow had three goals and two assists, while Tom Boyne has two scores and two helpers. Cal Hill and Leo Rothenberg each had their first varsity goals. Thorne Hensall, Luke Larson and Griffin McGuckin were also in on the scoring.
Battle Mountain will get its draw on Sunday and first-round games must be completed by Wednesday.
Devils soccer beats Rifle
Eagle Valley soccer finished its season on a high note with a 10-0 rout of Rifle. That made for a happy Senior Night for the Devils.
The Class of 2019 is Karla Miramontes, Leslie Serna, Alejandra Rocha, Zoe Booth, Maddy Callis and Kalista Farmer
“This group was my first freshman class,” said coach Maggie Sherman, who started coaching four springs ago. “I can’t really imagine an Eagle Valley soccer team without them.”
The Devils finished the season 5-10.