Evergreen slips past Battle Mountain, 1-0 | VailDaily.com

Evergreen slips past Battle Mountain, 1-0

Vail Daily/Bret Hartman Battle Mountain's Stephanie Walker, back, battles for a loose ball against Evergreen's Sara Huff Saturday at the Freedom Field in Edwards in a 4A state-seeding game. Evergreen won, 1-0.

The Battle Mountain girls soccer team managed to extend its season, despite falling to Evergreen, 1-0, in Saturday’s 4A state-seeding game at Freedom Field in Edwards.

After the game, the Huskies had a lengthy huddle, praising the seniors and emphasizing the positives from what was likely the program’s best season.

“It was such an awesome season and it was such a good way to end my school year here,” senior Keegan Garnsey said. “The people were so awesome and (coaches David) Cope and Jen (Davin) were so awesome to us.”

“It’s just a really special group,” Cope said of the team’s nine seniors. “I’ve known some of them since they were little kids like Heidi (Lauterbach) and Keegan. Something we talk a lot about is if you don’t get involved with kids outside of the classroom, I think you miss a lot. So, some of these kids I taught in school. It makes the experience complete when you are able to coach and teach and really get to know them outside of school and just realize what complete people they are.”

The visiting Cougars were likely the better team Saturday, but Battle Mountain gave them all they could handle, especially in the second half. Evergreen’s Katie Urie scored on an assist from Rebecca Fick in the 48th minute for the game’s only score.

The Huskies came close many times in the second half. Allison O’Neill made a beautiful run down the right side and found Heidi Lauterbach, who was stymied by Cougars’ keeper Ashley Anderson.

Erika Ghent had a chance off a corner kick and Garnsey nearly tied it on a breakaway. Both again were stuffed by Anderson.

“They’re a good team and we tried really hard,” Garnsey said. “I think we could have done it if we had just had a little more time. We tried our hardest, and that’s the best that we can do.”

“I was sort of starting to think who was going to take the (penalty kicks after overtime),” Cope said. “But, we gave ourselves a chance to win. The thing that I liked about it was that when we did have those chances at the end we put them on target and the girl just had to make a save. It wasn’t like we had chances and we put them over or wide.”

Anderson wasn’t the only stellar goalie on the pitch Saturday. The Huskies’ Alexis Guninn did a magnificent job of keeping Battle Mountain in the game with great save after great save.

“Probably her best game of the year,” Cope said. “She’s been somewhat frustrated because sometimes playing in the back because the girls are solid defensively and she doesn’t get a lot of action. But today, she showed the reason she’s in there. She’s quality. She did a great job.”

While it was a sad ending to a great season, good things lie ahead for Huskies girls soccer.

“We bring back a very solid crew of sophomores and juniors. And there are some freshmen who didn’t play much who were just dominant in training and JV games and stuff. We really feel like the future’s bright,” Cope said. “We said that we want to survive long enough (next year) so that these girls who graduate will be back from college and we’ll still be in the playoffs.”

Just for kicks

Steamboat Springs advanced to the 4A state playoffs by beating Longmont, 2-1. … We have long had an Emily Quinn associated with Huskies soccer. The 6 year old is David and Kathleen Cope’s eldest. Now, we have and Emily Lynn, as in Emily Lynn Koetteritz, who at the ripe old age of 18 days, attended her first Huskies game Saturday. Congratulations to Huskies athletics director Fred Koetteritz and even more congratulations to his better half, Shonna. … By the way it’s only four months and one week until Cope is back to work with the boys’ team. “My wife was saying that perhaps (Steamboat’s) Rob Bohlmann, (VMS’ Bob) Bandoni and I should move to some desert island somewhere and just coach all the time,” Cope joked. … A serious note from Cope: “It’s been a great experience for my kids to be around these girls and that was one of the reasons I wanted to do it. But, I can’t do it unless Kathleen is so supportive. She owns her own business. She basically carries this family and I just make weight. It’s literally her business that allows me to coach. So without that, it wouldn’t be a possibility.”

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