Huskies boot Rifle, 5-1 |

Huskies boot Rifle, 5-1

Special to the Daily/Kara K. pearsonRifle's Chelsea Webb, right, fights for with Battle Mountain's Morgan Wallace for control of the ball during Thursday afternoon's game. Rifle lost, 5-1.

RIFLE – The Battle Mountain soccer team is like a good stock portfolio.The Huskies are very diversified.Battle Mountain had five different goal scorers Thursday afternoon in a 5-1 4A Slope win at Rifle.”Five different goal scorers, that’s always good,” Huskies coach David Cope said. “If we have a well-balanced scoring attack, we’re going to be tough to beat.”Equally as important for the Huskies (3-1 overall and 2-1 in the Slope) was that they overcame a 1-0 deficit.Rifle forward Betty Gonzales converted Chelsea Webb’s corner kick for the contest’s first goal in the 28th minute. The corner kick bounced off the shoulder of teammate Haley Hubbell to Gonzales, who promptly redirected the ball inside the lower right corner of the net.

“It was good to see our team come back from behind 1-nil,” Cope said. “Our response to their goal was positive. There was no bickering, no inquiries into what happened. It was, ‘Let’s get on with it.'”On with it the Huskies did. Stephany Walker got fouled in the box by Rifle goalie Kadie LaRocque with two minutes to go in the first half. Kelsey Abbott slotted her penalty kick in the lower corner to tie the game.”I think up until the penalty kick our girls played well,” said Rifle coach Tom Taucher. “The PK swung the momentum of the game, and that’s the way it goes.”The Huskies blew it open in the final 40 minutes.Emily LyBarger knocked a nice through ball. Kelsey Sanders ran onto it and gave the Huskies the lead for good. Allison O’Neill followed with a corner kick outside the top of the box. Walker obliged by crushing the ball into the top-left corner.It was O’Neill’s turn to score on Battle Mountain’s fourth, courtesy of Emily Baskins. O’Neill made it a five-point game when she assisted Julie Burnett’s first high school goal.Gionbottiglio went to Abbott, while “The Bag” went to surprise defensive starter Gina Obeso.

Battle Mountain hosts Delta Saturday at Freedom Park in Edwards at 11 a.m.Glenwood Springs correspondent Phil Sandoval contributed to this report.VMS soccer snowed outCORBONDALE – White stuff erased Thursday’s Vail Mountain School girls soccer game at Roaring Fork.

No new date has been announced. VMS (0-1) is off to the land of sweet corn Saturday at 11 a.m. to take on Olathe in a nonconference tilt.Baseball fallsEAGLE – Battle Mountain baseball dropped a nonconference game to Basalt Thursday afternoon, 14-0.The Huskies (0-2) open league play with a twinbill at Steamboat Springs Saturday at 11 a.m.Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 614 or, Colorado

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