Huskies booters blast Moffat, 6-0 |

Huskies booters blast Moffat, 6-0

The Battle Mountain girls soccer team has a small statue of an Italian monk which is awarded to the man of the match, er, woman of the match.

The previous game’s winner of the statue presents it to the new winner after the nice game and so on. On Tuesday, after Battle Mountain’s game with Moffat County, Christie Madison passed the statue to Heidi Lauterbach.

And, in that spirit, the Huskies were in a very giving mood Tuesday, pounding Moffat County in Craig, 6-0. With the win, the surprising Huskies are off to a 2-0 start in the 4A Slope.

“Having beaten Glenwood, who we think is one of the favorites, to go on the road and get a win is nice,” Huskies coach David Cope said. “I think at the beginning of the season we would have thought that we would have three points after these two games. With six points, we come home on a nice little run.”

It was all Battle Mountain from the start. Madison fired a direct kick from 25 yards out to start the festivities at the 10-minute mark. Just five minutes later, Brittany Peterson played the ball nicely out of the back to Lauterbach, who absolutely ripped it from 27 yards for a 2-0 lead.

Just before halftime, Lauterbach made a nice play driving down to the end line and then cutting across the grain losing her defender. She then slipped a nice pass to Keegan Garnsey who had nothing but open net.

In the second half, Garnsey was on the giving end, winning the ball on the left side and feeding it to Allison O’Neill for a 4-0 advantage.

Late in the game, Battle Mountain poured it on. Lauren Arnold won the ball at midfield and played it out wide to Berkley Chipman. Chipman made a nice cross to Allison Baskins, who did the honors. Freshman Nicole Penwill finished the rout on a good feed from Morgan Wallace.

Cope was especially gratified that Wallace got the assist. According to the coach, Wallace along with Christina Harrison, Ashley MacDonald, Liz Gladitsch, Peterson and goalie Alexis Guinn led the defensive effort against the Bulldogs. For the Huskies and Guinn, it was their second shutout in a row.

Battle Mountain, 2-2-1 overall, hosts Rifle, 2-0 going into the Bears’ game Thursday vs. Moffat, on Saturday at 2 p.m. at Freedom Field in Edwards.

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