Battle Mountain boys soccer opens with win over Vail Mountain School
EDWARDS — The score wasn’t 3-1.
One could be forgiven for assuming that a Battle Mountain-Vail Mountain School soccer game would end with that score. The Huskies boys beat their Gore Rangers counterparts last fall, 3-1. The VMS ladies won the spring match by the same score.
“A little improvement on last year,” Huskies coach David Cope joked after Battle Mountain downed VMS, 3-0, on Saturday night in Edwards.
A reminder to all that this was the first of 15 matches for both teams. Battle Mountain is not the greatest team in the history of the game by winning its opener. VMS isn’t going to go 0-15 because of Saturday’s match.
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Both teams were doing a lot of nice-to-meet-you after graduating multiple starters from last year’s squads.
“We’re really happy for it to be the first home game, and we got 24 guys in,” Huskies coach David Cope said. “That’s always something that’s special. Kids are waiting all summer for their first high school game.”
The Huskies final broke the seal on 2017 in the 37th minute when VMS defender Bridger Gile appeared to trip up Mauricio Castillo in the box. There was some contact there. Castillo also may receive an Oscar nomination.
Either way, it was probably only a matter of time for the Huskies scoring and it set up a poignant moment.
Senior Jorge Membreno bounced his shot off the left post and in for a 1-0 lead.
Having lost his mother to cancer during the spring, Membreno raced to the right corner after scoring and fell to his knees to have a moment.
“He’s been a prolific JV scorer for us,” Cope said. “It’s been tough on him because he’s had Creek (Kamby) and Juan (Macias) in front of him. His time has come.”
Speaking of Macias, He struck in the 50th, the result of a nice run down the left side from Jared Vargas. Not that there was much worry about Macias’ play, it’s always nice to see your leading scorer start the season like that.
The Huskies saved their best goal for last as all phases of the team was involved. Harry Jaffe to Ike Petrik to Blake Moller was the coup de grace.
“I think we can improve on our speed of play and getting side to side a little bit quicker,” Cope said. “The third goal was a thing of beauty in that respect.”
Despite the loss, Vail Mountain should be fine. Goalie Theo Marston was superb for the Gore Rangers while the team also returns a ton of experience on the back line with Max Bervy, Gile and Max Timm.
“I think we saw a lot of positive things,” VMS coach Alex Darbut said. “I think we’re in a great place to build and have a strong season.”
Next up for both teams are rivalry games. The Huskies host Eagle Valley on Tuesday at 6 p.m., while VMS is at Aspen on Wednesday.
Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934, firstname.lastname@example.org and @cfreud.
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