Huskies blank Tigers
EDWARDS – Just nod your heads an act like you know who scored.
This was the predicament for Battle Mountain soccer fans Wednesday afternoon as the Huskies hosted Summit County. The Huskies scored early and the crowd was pleased, but, with the glare of the setting sun, who did the deed?
(“The girl with a ponytail,” did not clarify matters.)
It both instances, it was Emily Cope from Keelin Robinson, and the Huskies were on their way to 5-0 win over the visiting Tigers.
“I thought Keelin was superb creating things for her,” Huskies coach David Cope said of the freshman wearing No. 5, aka his daughter, Emily. “I thought the first 20-25 minutes we were really, really good. We just were knocking it around, keeping the ball.”
“Mostly, our goals were going to the end lines and just cutting it back,” Robinson said. “It’s been a great start to the season. We’re already like family.”
And, yes, freshman Emily Cope is impressing early in the season.
“I guess No. 5 starts again,” David Cope joked.
Morgan Croke took the second-half kickoff straight down the field and made it 3-0. A few minutes later, Melissa Lopez looped one into the back of the net and the rout was on. Taylor Denning made it two goals in as many games halfway through the second half.
Despite a tough result, Summit County coach Tommy Gogolen saw improvement in his squad after an overtime loss to Eagle Valley Friday night.
“For us, we played really well defensively, despite allowing five goals,” he said. “Clearly, Battle Mountain’s a good team, but I thought we were really organized. The girls raised their level. We challenged them in practice to improve tonight, which I certainly think they did.”
With a 2-0 start, Battle Mountain will get its first true test of the season Tuesday, and it’s a whopper. The Huskies will be at Mullen, a 4A school which plays up in the 5A Centennial League.
“I think it was good to get two league games under our belt, and then next we have a really big test against Mullen,” Cope said. “That’ll be great to go down to the Front Range and sort of dip our toes in the water.”
Meanwhile, Summit (0-3) will try to get on track Saturday at Rifle.
Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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