Huskies soccer rallies for 4-1 win over Bears |

Huskies soccer rallies for 4-1 win over Bears

Huskies move to 4-0

Battle Mountain's Dani Barajas drives towards Rifle's goal on Thursday in Edwards. Barajas and the Huskies durged for a 4-1 win over the Bears, and head to Palisade on Saturday.
Chris Dillmann |

Rifle really is better.

Not that Battle Mountain soccer surfs the Internet incessantly, but a shudder went though Huskies Nation when the score of “Rifle 3, Steamboat Springs 2,” went out on Aug. 31.

The Bears gave Huskies soccer a run on Thursday night before Battle Mountain turned a 1-1 game into a 4-1 win.

“Rifle’s going to win some games,” Huskies coach David Cope said. “It’s going to be interesting how the league shakes out. At the moment, Rifle is ahead of both Glenwood Springs and Steamboat in points and points per game.”

Again, let’s not remember how the Huskies don’t surf the Internet incessantly. Along those lines, Battle Mountain entered Thursday’s game No. 3 in the state in ratings-percentage index, and the Huskies are 4-0 overall and 2-0 in the Slope.

Kevin Chavez gave Battle Mountain a 1-0 lead on a helper from Trevino Twiss.

“And after a splendid halftime talk, Rifle immediately tied it up in the second half,” Cope joked.

Yes, that was another inspiring Cope, “‘Win one for the Gipper’ halftime talk,” but the Huskies were up for the challenge.

A Twiss corner kick turned into a Dani Barajas header and a 2-1 lead minutes later. In the 69th Ivan Solis, aka “Tommy,” dug the ball away from Rifle, sending it to Barajas. No. 21 threaded it into Chavez for the latter’s second goal.

Louis Castillo and Rifle’s goalkeeper had a spectacular collision with Battle Mountain’s Wyatt Hall being the prime beneficiary, coming up with the ball and an empty net.

“I think our fitness is really good,” Cope said. “I think we like our chances in the final 20 minutes. The fellas can play a long time, and we’re binging starter-caliber players off the bench.”

Battle Mountain is also seeing diversified offense. Of course, Barajas is rampaging (seven goals in four games), but the Huskies already have Chavez and Karsen Williams with three each. In just four games, six different players have found the back of the net.

Battle Mountain’s next league stop is at Palisade on Saturday at Grand Junction’s Longs Family Park. Again, not that anyone in Huskies Nation looks on the Internet, but Palisade took a point off Glenwood in a scoreless draw two weeks ago, so this is a big opportunity for the Battle Mountain soccer.

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