Battle Mountain, VMS soccer ring up victories
GLENWOOD SPRINGS — Take the three points and run.
It wasn’t a work of art. The tape will never go to ESPN Classic. No one cares.
Battle Mountain soccer escaped Glenwood Springs and Stubler Memorial Field with a 2-1 win on Tuesday night.
Any win at Glenwood Springs is to be cherished.
• Huskies coach David Cope drew a red card here in 2002.
• The girls soccer team was nearly struck by lightning at Stubler.
• The first time Battle Mountain won at this infernal field in 1999, the Huskies were playing with just nine players because of red cards.
Bad things happen in Glenwood, like the host Demons getting a penalty kick in the fifth minute on Tuesday. Battle Mountain goalie Jack Skidmore saved the day with an impressive save.
Naturally, Glenwood scored from the flow of play two minutes lager. Insert Homer Simpson “D’oh,” here.
The Huskies pulled even with a long throw in from Donnie Leavitt. Miles Joersz was on the other end of it.
Battle Mountain took the lead when Cody Bahan fed Erik Solis for a sliding header in the 22nd minute.
“The littlest guy on the field scored on a header,” Cope joked.
Since we’re talking history, the smallest guy on the field scoring with the header has happened before — Eric Eves, Class of 1999.
Battle Mountain pretty much hung on for dear life in the second half. Glenwood’s Cameron Horning rattled one off the crossbar. The rebound went straight out to another Demon, but Joersz saved the day, clearing the ball off the line.
Battle Mountain wasn’t the only Slope team getting out of Dodge. Steamboat Springs snuck out a 1-0 win at Summit County on Tuesday. That leaves the Huskies (7-1 in the Slope), the Sailors (7-1) and Eagle Valley (7-2) all knotted up at 21 points atop the league table.
Battle Mountain, in the meantime, hosts No. 1-ranked Evergreen on Thursday in Edwards.
VMS topples Skiers
It’s a loose translation, but it remains truth.
Vail Mountain School soccer was leading Aspen, 1-0, in the second half at Bandoni Alumni Field on Tuesday when it had an own goal — a Gore Rangers defender knocked the ball into his own net.
VMS promptly scored two goals in the next eight minutes to put away the Skiers, 3-1.
“That’s a great lesson in adversity,” VMS coach Pete Petrovski said. “There are going to be times we’re down a goal or the other team will tie it up, and we’ve got to respond. We did that today.”
Five minutes after Aspen’s equalizer, Dylan Cunningham came down with the ball and got it to Max Bervy. The latter got it to Erick Zdechlik, who sent it back to Cunningham. He slid it over to Liam Hurley for the finish and a 2-1 lead.
Sliding the ball over to Hurley was a good strategy on Tuesday. That’s how VMS got the lead at the end of the first half as well.
Three minutes after VMS took a 2-1 lead, the Gore Rangers got a penalty kick. Cunningham slammed home the insurance. And with that, VMS is 10-1 overall and 4-0 in the 3A Slope.
Next up for the Gore Rangers is a trip to Roaring Fork on Saturday and the latest installment in “The Biggest Game in the History of Everything.” The Rams were finally starting league play on Tuesday night against Basalt, so the game’s importance doesn’t appear yet in the standings. That said, Roaring Fork is the defending 3A Slope champion.
Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934, firstname.lastname@example.org and @cfreud.