Huskies booters blank Palisade again |

Huskies booters blank Palisade again

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Vail Daily/Shane Macomber Battle Mountain's Stephanie Walker makes room for a solid shot against Palisade during Tuesday's game in Edwards.

Battle Mountain girls soccer does not lack for defense. The Huskies have six shutouts in 4A Slope play.

But, more help is on the way.

“She’s going to be a soccer defender,” said Huskies athletics director Fred Koetteritz.

Congratulations to Shonna and Fred Koetteritz on the birth of their second daughter, who joined Huskies Nation Tuesday at 1:29 p.m. Weighing in at a very healthy 7 pounds, 13 ounces, the new baby yet to be named joins the soccer program’s kiddy corps with Emily Quinn Cope, 6, and Christine Koetteritz, 2.

As for Fred and Shonna’s second daughter, there are plenty of names from which to pick after Battle Mountain’s 1-0 win over Palisade Tuesday. Keegan? Garnsey had the game-winner. Christie or Allison? Madison and O’Neill assisted on the goal. There’s always Stephanie. Walker was named Man of the Match for her superlative efforts. Don’t forget Alexis. Guinn posted the shutout in goal.

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Brittany (Peterson), Liz (Gladitsch) or Ashley (MacDonald)?

Whatever baby Koetteritz will be named, one thing’s for sure, it was a team effort for Battle Mountain, who upped its to 7-1 in league with the win. Battle Mountain moved into second place in league and can clinch a postseason spot with a victory over Moffat County Thursday.

“I think the girls, they manage games pretty well,” Huskies coach David Cope said. “When we get the lead, they’re able to keep possession of the ball. They’re able to keep playing in the other team’s end of the field and they’re able to dominate the game.

“But, we need to do a better job of putting teams away. You had the feeling during the second half that the second goal was game, set and match. When you don’t put that goal away, you open yourself to the possibility of something unlucky happening.”

Happily, there was nothing of the sort and Garnsey’s goal in the first minute of the second half stood as the Huskies beat Palisade for the second time this season, 1-0.

Battle Mountain dominated the flow of play, looking much crisper than it did against Delta Saturday. The Huskies finally converted when O’Neill got behind the Palisade defense and played the ball across to Madison. Madison made a nice flick to Garnsey who put it in the back of the net.

“I think it was kind of lucky,” Garnsey said. “It was an awesome pass. I think it was from (Christie). It just happened to be at the right place at the right time.”

Despite a ferocious wind at Edwards’ Freedom Field, the Huskies played a solid 80 minutes of soccer. After the game, Cope said he was most pleased with the play of the likes of Madison, Walker, Van Hee, Peterson and Gladitsch among others.

Battle Mountain (7-1 in league and 7-2-1 overall) hosts Moffat at 4 p.m. on Thursday in Edwards, where it will be Senior Day.

Just for kicks

Today is Class Warfare in practice. It’s a round robin of scrimmages between each of the classes on the team for bragging rights. “I think the seniors are going to win,” said Garnsey, a senior, who was heckled by a trio of juniors as she made her prediction.

Your thoughts, Cope? “There’s two freshman teams,” he said. “One of the freshman teams may shock somebody. I wouldn’t be surprised to see the sophomores finish on top.” My money’s on the juniors. … In other 4A Slope action, Glenwood Springs upset Rifle, 5-2, Tuesday. Steamboat leads the league at 9-0 (27 points). The Huskies are second at 7-1 (21), followed by Rifle 6-4-1 (19) and surging Glenwood 4-4-1 (13). The top-three teams in the league advance to state-seeding games.

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