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Glenwood Springs shocks Battle Mountain soccer

Kelley Cox Post Independent
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GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” Travis Whitman’s been coming to Glenwood Springs soccer games since he was in the eighth grade and he couldn’t remember the last time the Demons beat Battle Mountain.

With a goal and an assist on Tuesday, the junior helped end Glenwood’s nearly six-year drought against the 4A Western Slope League’s perennial powerhouse with a 3-1 win against the Huskies.

The Demons last defeated Battle Mountain on Oct. 3, 2002, when Derek Weller scored the lone goal in a 1-0 win at Glenwood Springs.



That wasn’t the only streak to fall on Tuesday. The Huskies had not lost a league contest since Steamboat beat them on Sept. 7, 2006.

And the postgame scene around the Demons’ bench was one of euphoria, replete with an attempted dousing of coach John Mount with the icy contents of a Gatorade bucket.



“They’re fired up,” Mount said. “This was huge for us. Battle Mountain’s a highly respectable team.”

Respectable is an apt word to describe the Huskies, who have accounted for the last four 4A Slope titles.

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And a team effort did the trick for the Demons.

Whitman, while in the mix on two of his team’s three goals, could not heap enough praise on his teammates.

“Everyone feeds off each other,” he said. “It’s an all-around group effort. We couldn’t have beat these guys without the whole team.”

Whitman’s sentiment could not have reflected the night’s teamwork-flavored events any better.

It was Whitman and teammate Ryan Buchanan who hooked up on a give-and-go in the right flat that produced a game-tying goal by Buchanan just before halftime.

Glenwood had trailed 1-0 the previous 26 minutes, thanks to stealthy maneuvering by Battle Mountain’s Jair Molina, who intercepted a goal kick and sped in for an easy goal 13 minutes in.

Buchanan and Whitman’s equalizer reversed the momentum.

“When we got that goal right before halftime, it swung 100 percent,” Whitman said.

Added Mount: “It was great to get that equalizer.”

The score didn’t stay square for long once the second-half whistle blew.

It took Whitman until 15 minutes in to post the go-ahead score as he busted loose a run up the left side for a breakaway goal.

Sydney Van Horn rolled home an insurance tally, on an assist from Buchanan, in the 74th minute to ice the win and put to rest more than a half-decade of frustration against the Huskies.

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“You’ve got to give Glenwood credit,” Battle Mountain coach David Cope said. “We didn’t give them a lot of chances. There was efficient finishing by Glenwood Springs.”

Cope and the Huskies are now left to tread in uncharted waters. The veteran coach hopes his squad responds to the loss with resilience.

“It’s part of the sport,” he said. “There are lessons you can take from dealing with adversity. … It’ll be interesting to see if, collectively as a group, we can pull it together or if we fall apart. Fortunately for us, these guys aren’t accustomed to losing.”

Glenwood, 4-2 overall and now thick in the 4A Slope mix at 3-1, hosts league-leading Steamboat on Thursday.

“It’s our biggest week, with Battle Mountain and then Steamboat,” said Mount, whose team is locked in a three-way tie for second with the Huskies and Eagle Valley.

“Hopefully this give us momentum, for sure.”

Just for kicks

Battle Mountain (5-1, 3-1) hits the road yet again with a game at Cheyenne Mountain Saturday. … In attendance at Tuesday’s game was former Glenwood Springs coach Steve White, who suffered a heart attack this summer.


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