Huskies blank Bulldogs, 11-0
Vail, CO Colorado
CRAIG, Colorado ” Two girls soccer teams headed in different directions.
That is what you would have found Tuesday if you had stumbled upon Battle Mountain visiting Moffat County.
Less than one minute into the contest, Huskies senior Emily LyBarger deposited a quick goal, and the thrashing of the Bulldogs by the defending league champions was on.
Battle Mountain (11-0 overall, 10-0 in the 4A Slope) rode an eight-goal lead into halftime, and played keep-away in the second, cruising to an 11-0 win.
Moffat County (1-10) had trouble sustaining any offensive pressure against the Huskies stingy defense.
And when the Huskies weren’t intercepting Moffat County passes, they were executing their own to perfection.
“We wanted to have good ball control in their end of the field,” Huskies coach David Cope said. “We wanted good passes and not just knock on the door. We wanted pressure, to create scoring opportunities.”
Battle Mountain did just that.
LyBarger scored her second goal three minutes into the contest and a well placed shot by sophomore Marisa Ammaturo found the back of the Bulldog net, for a 3-0 lead less than 10 minutes into the game.
Moffat freshman Imelda Hernandez made six stellar saves, keeping the Bulldogs within three, but the Huskies found the week link in Hernandez’s armor once again.
LyBarger completed her hat trick, likely the one for which she had been searching Saturday against Eagle Valley, scoring with 25 minutes left before the half.
Battle Mountain sophomore Lizzie Seibert began her quest for a hat trick as well, scoring three minutes later to put the Huskies up 5-0.
The next four minutes saw goals from the Huskies’ Marisa Ammaturo, Jenny Banner and Seibert’s second as Battle Mountain held an 8-0 lead at the half.
“The girls got really deflated, really fast, after they scored as fast as they did,” Moffat coach Alegra Yager said. “At halftime, I told them they needed to pick it up and contain the ball. They settled down after that, but it was too late.”
Going to the bench?
The Huskies only traveled 13 players for the contest, so Cope went to the bench ” as short as it was ” for the second half.
Unfortunately for the Bulldogs, the result was the same.
The Huskies’ Kayla Telles scored 10 minutes in, Stephanie Woodruff scored at the 78-minute mark and with less than a minute left in regulation, Seibert completed her hat trick.
“We worked the field really well today,” Seibert said. “We have some super athletes on this team and we all found our space. Hopefully, we’ll keep this up.”
Cope was pleased with his team’s performance, the trip and the nice weather.
But having an undefeated record doesn’t mean all is roses for the Huskies coach.
“We have four games left and we’ve never run the table while I’ve been here,” Cope said. “Doing that would be a big accomplishment. Regardless, these girls really enjoy the time spent together. They are having fun and that’s what matters.”
Battle Mountain hosts Palisade on the turf in Edwards Thursday at 4 p.m.
John Vandelinder can be reached at 875-1793, or email@example.com
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