Huskies blank Rifle, 2-0, in Edwards
EDWARDS ” Welcome back to the win column, Battle Mountain.
Huskies girls soccer ended a three-game losing streak, left over from last month’s Valor Christian Tournament, with a 2-0 win against Rifle at Freedom Park in Edwards,
“I think it was good for them to get back on the field,” Huskies coach David Cope said. “It was good for them to be back enjoying each other’s company, and remembering why they love playing soccer. That’s the most important thing.”
It also doesn’t hurt that visiting Rifle was 3-0 in the 4A Slope entering Thursday’s game. The Huskies handed the Bears their first league loss and upped their own point total to nine, putting Battle Mountain in a logjam for first place with Steamboat Springs, Glenwood Springs and Rifle.
The Huskies got on the board in the sixth minute with a great ball into the box from Josie Tuthill which Kayla Telles finished. In the 24th, Haille Hogfeldt to Lizzie Seibert gave Battle Mountain some insurance.
Seibert, as well as center-back Maddie LyBarger, returned to action in Thursday’s game. Both saw limited action, but should be ready for Saturday’s critical game at Steamboat.
“They are both essential to what we do,” Cope said.
While most notice Seibert understandably because of her goal-scoring prowess, LyBarger anchors Battle Mountain’s defense. Nicole Frye and Moira Laughlin shared in the shutout in net, and LyBarger was a big part of that.
Battle Mountain (4-3 overall, 3-0 in the Slope) hits the road for noon tilt with archrival Steamboat. The Huskies are the two-time defending champions in the league, but the two teams met at the Valor Christian Tournament with the Sailors hammering Battle Mountain, 7-1.
“What Rob doesn’t know is that the entire Valor Christian Tournament was a ruse,” Coped joked ” he and Steamboat soccer coach Rob Bohlmann are fast friends. “All those injuries were fake. It was just a set-up. What Rob doesn’t know might come back to haunt him.”
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