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Hit the beach: Huskies down Delta

BM Dave Cope SM 5-9-07

DELTA, Colorado ” For coaching a soccer team in a landlocked state, Battle Mountain’s David Cope was a bit obsessed with the beach Thursday.

At Delta, there were three points in the pregame talk.

“First, it was our first time on a grass field,” the coach said. “We had to deal with the wind and make sure that we didn’t have one foot on the beach somewhere.”

With spring break upcoming on most people’s mind, Battle Mountain girls soccer took care of business, jumping on Delta with three goals in the first 10 minutes on its way to a 7-1 win. Now, all may go to the beaches of their choice.

Marisa Amaturo had a hat trick, while Jenny Banner scored twice. Emily LyBarger and Lizzie Seibert also found the back of the net. And if you’re scoring at home, Seibert had a header off an Ammaturo corner kick, which seems to be becoming a nice trend for Huskies soccer.

Under the category of “a little rain must fall,” the Huskies allowed their first goal of the season. Delta’s Stephanie Sporer scored on a penalty kick. Huskies goalie Maddy Trtanj, to her credit, did guess correctly, and nearly pulled off the spectacular save.

The Huskies go into spring break with a 4-0 record (3-0 in the 3A Slope). While there are no complaints with the season so far, the Huskies have a challenge when play resumes. The Huskies head to Glenwood Springs April 1, and the Demons lost to Steamboat Springs in overtime, a result which will certainly garner respect from Battle Mountain.

“To go away on the break feeling good is good thing, but the first game back from the break is huge,” Cope said. “Glenwood is always a tricky pace for us to play, and they’re going to be a challenge.”

Huskies drop two

DELTA ” When one baseball team practices outside and the other one works out in the gym, this is going to happen.

Delta swept a doubleheader from Battle Mountain, 10-0 and 19-0, Thursday. That having been said, the Huskies played well in the first game, keeping it a 4-0 game until the fifth inning.

“Delta’s on a different level and we were a little over-matched,” Huskies manager Jason Spannagel said. “That, though, was the best 10-0 game I’ve seen. Daniel Rascon pitched well and the guys hung tough.”

The Panthers touched Rascon for four runs in the first, but he steadied things until he tired in the fifth. In the nightcap, the Huskies fell behind early, but got good relief pitching from Cameron Brown.

Battle Mountain (1-4) heads to Palisade April 1 after spring break.

Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 748-2934 or cfreud@vaildaily.com.

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