D-Day for Battle Mountain girls soccer
Destia Day has hat trick as Huskies thump Delta, 6-0
By Chris Freud
Daily Sports Editor
Battle Mountain girls soccer moved D-Day forward two months in the calendar.
Two months before the 60th anniversary of the landing at Normandy, it was D-Day as the Huskies’ Destia Day came off the bench for a hat trick in Battle Mountain’s 6-0 rout at Delta.
Not bad for the senior, who was frustrated with a lack of playing time recently.
“We had a town-hall meeting on the bus on the way down here and we talked about the issue of playing time and right and wrong ways of approaching it,” Huskies coach David Cope said. “I told the story about Jimmy Floyd Hasselbank. He plays for Chelsea, which has been bringing in all these stars. He was the team’s leading scorer last year and now wasn’t playing. Last weekend, Chelsea was tied, 2-2, and he came on in the 77th minute and got a hat trick and they won, 5-2. It’s how you respond to the situation of lack of playing time and making the most of it when you get the opportunity.”
Well, after Day’s outburst against the Panthers, the Huskies have a bottleneck up front, another pleasant problem for Cope, whose team is off to a 4-0 start in the 4A Slope.
Day came off the bench in the 16th minute and scored on her first touch. Stephanie Walker came down the left and set a cross to Day on the near post for a 1-0 lead. Heidi Lauterbach to Emily Baskins twice in the course of 10 minutes boosted the Huskies’ advantage to 3-0.
Late in the first half, Day won a Delta goal kick and promptly put the ball in the back of the net for a 4-0 lead. Just two minutes into the second half, Day picked up an assist by feeding Lauterbach, who beat the Delta keeper 1-on-1.
“That’s the third game in a row that we’ve come out of halftime and scored early in the second half,” Cope said. “It’s something we’re very conscious of. We want to come out from halftime and jump on a team.”
Day got her hat trick on an assist from Alexis Guinn, who was taking a break from her goaltending duties to play in the field.
So, the Huskies start their three-game road trip with a win. The Huskies are at Palisade Thursday and Glenwood Saturday.
“I thought if we could get three points out of nine, it wouldn’t be a disaster,” Cope said. “Six out of nine would be good and nine would put us in a great position. So, this is good. It’s also four straight shutouts. The defense and the midfield are so well- coordinated and seeing the field well. It’s a great thing to watch.”