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Happy Independence Day; Huskies win

Honduran Independence Day was Monday.

Mexican Independence Day was Tuesday.

This does actually have relevance to Battle Mountain soccer’s game at Delta Tuesday.

Battle Mountain’s Antonio Apparicio, of Honduran descent, had two goals and three assists Tuesday against the Panthers. Ivan Ordonez, of Mexican ancestry, had two goals and an assist and Edgar Hernandez, also Mexican, had a goal.

The result – Battle Mountain 5, Delta 2. Happy Independence Day, everybody.

“We turned the game into kind of a fiesta for the boys,” Huskies coach David Cope said. “It was their idea. They were all psyched. It was Mexican Independence Day (Tuesday) and Honduran Independence Day (Monday) and they celebrated.”

There’s lots to celebrate in Huskies Soccer Nation these days. With the win, Battle Mountain sits in first place with nine points, ahead of Steamboat and Rifle, who are both 2-1. Though they haven’t played league-powers, Steamboat Springs and Glenwood Springs yet, the Huskies are also showing the knack for knocking off the teams they should beat, a characteristic not seen in years past at Battle Mountain.

“Delta was an unknown quantity,” Cope said. “These are the teams we have to beat to finish in the top half of the league. It’s been a long time since we’ve been looking back at teams like Steamboat. We’ve been near the top, but not on top. We’ve just have to accumulate as many points as possible as we go along.”

Accumulating was not a problem Tuesday. Down 1-0, after 20 minutes, Apparicio fed Ivan Ordonez twice for a 2-1 lead. The two reversed roles just before the half, giving the Huskies a 3-1 lead at intermission.

In the 47th minute, Apparicio got his third assist, feeding Hernandez. In the final minutes, Andy Banner got free on the right side, drove straight toward the keeper and then rolled the ball over to Ordonez. He had the empty net and knew what to do.

The Huskies (3-0 in league and 4-3 overall) face a big test Thursday at Rifle, where the Huskies have had problems in the past.

“They’re a very physical team,” Cope said. “It’s a small field and a hostile environment. We have to keep focused on what we can control and not worry about the referee or the small field. We have to go there with discipline and perseverance.”

Chris Freud is the sports editor for the Vail Daily. Contact him at (970) 949-0555, ext. 614 or by e-mail at cfreud@vaildaily.com.

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