Eagle-Vail: Huskies booters get four all-leaguers
EAGLE-VAIL, Colorado ” Four Battle Mountain soccer players made the all-league roll this spring. Three of them return to the team next year.
That makes Huskies soccer coach David Cope a happy guy, almost as happy as if Manchester United were in the Champions League finals next week. (The coach has Man. U. topping Barcelona, 3-1.)
Lizzie Seibert and Kayla Telles made the first team, while Erin Barker and Haille Hogfeldt got honorable-mention honors.
Most players would like to have a so-called off year like Seibert. The junior had 16 goals and 10 assists, which was down from her sophomore season (21-12), but still a career year by most people’s standards.
“You’re still talking an average of a goal per game,” Cope said. “And she scored in big games. She scored in two of the three Steamboat games. She had the goal in the win against Palisade which put us into the playoffs. She’s a player the group looks to.”
Cope added, “not that we’re counting,” but Seibert needs 23 markers next year to break Kelsey Sanders’ career mark at Battle Mountain. That, by all measures, would be a huge year, but not out of the realm of possibility as far as Cope is concerned.
Telles has been a mainstay for the Huskies as a starter through the team’s title runs of 2007 and 2008. In her senior season, she turned that experience into results with seven goals and nine helpers.
But it was her approach to the game that got the attention of opposing coaches.
“The thing about Kayla that everyone noticed was her relentless work ethic,” Cope said. “Any player in any sport who adopted her attitude would become a better player.”
Telles will be attending Endicott College in Beverly, Mass., where she hopes to play Division III soccer.
Battle Mountain soccer had two delightful surprises in 2009. The first was that Barker, best known for her volleyball skills, came out for soccer. The school’s starting setter come fall adjusted beautifully to soccer being a steady presence in the midfield.
“She shows poise,” Cope said. “She has a winning attitude and she’s played under pressure before. She’s so versatile. We had her fill gaps all over the field. That kid’s a winner.”
The surprise from the freshman class was Hogfeldt. She burst onto the scene as the team’s second-leading scorer with nine goals and seven assists. And nine goals your freshman year puts you in some nice company.
“I think Lizzie Seibert had eight her freshman year,” Cope joked. “At right-side midfield, she wasn’t in a scoring position, so to say. But she’s the quintessential work-ethic kid. She stays after practice every day and is constantly seeking to improve as a player.”
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