Huskies breeze in Slope opener
EDWARDS – It’s just nice when things work out this way.
Battle Mountain soccer coach David Cope wanted to get his forwards into the scoring mix and it happened in the Huskies’ 9-1 league-opening win against Palisade Thursday afternoon in Edwards.
“It’s good. It’s going to give them some confidence, guys like Joe LyBarger to get in the mix,” Cope said. “Alex Trujillo is continuing to put together a good early season. Even though Heivan (Garcia) didn’t score, he hit that one well off the cross bar that Sean Armitage scored on. It was good to see Sean Armitage score. It was good to see that happen with the forwards.”
LyBarger had two goals as did Alex Trujillo, while David Suarez, Sean Armitage and Roberto Diaz all scored in the first half alone as the Huskies put this one away early to move to 2-0 overall and 1-0 in their defense of the 4A Slope.
Yep, the forwards got rolling.
“We’ve always played well together before and coming into the season, we had to start off strong,” LyBarger said. “We needed our forwards to score and we came out and demonstrated our ability.”
And while Palisade is probably not the best the league has to offer in 2012, getting off to a fast start was key for Battle Mountain. Broby Leeds had one of the better passes of the day, setting up Suarez for the first home goal of the season.
“It was nice pass from Broby and I just finished it up,” Suarez said. “For us, it was important. We had to show a message to the other teams of who we are.”
The visiting Bulldogs were convinced.
“For us to watch a team that plays so well together, it’s a lesson in itself for us to see that,” Palisade coach Drake Jandreau said. “There’s a lot from this game we can bring that hopefully we can translate to ourselves. We know we can play better than this, but these guys are above our league. … These guys made us look bad, but were not as bad as we look.”
Battle Mountain’s Erick Briones scored on an assist from Andrew Herrera, while Kevan Aubel knocked in his first varsity goal in the second half. Palisade’s Marques Combs broke the shutout after Huskies starting goalie Christian Espinoza had left the game.
Next up for Battle Mountain is the annual trip up north to face arch rival, Steamboat Springs. The Sailors handed Battle Mountain its only league loss of the season last year up in Routt County.
“We’re really excited,” LyBarger said. “There’s definitely a lot of pressure going up there. That’s always a tough place to win at.”
Cope knows that the $64,000 question will be, can the Huskies convert when they get a scoring opportunity.
“The thing about us going to Steamboat is that we have to be efficient with our scoring chances,” the coach said. “Today, you get a lot of chances, so the missed ones don’t affect you much. But we might only go up to Steamboat and create five chances. Can we score on two of them?”
Palisade (2-1) hosts Slope newcomer Summit County Saturday at 11 a.m.
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Palisade 0 1 – 1
Huskies 7 2 – 9
David Suarez, BM, 9′; Alex Trujillo, BM, 10′; Joe LyBarger, BM, 14′; LyBarger, BM, 20′; Sean Armitage, BM 34′; Roberto Diaz, BM, 35′; Trujillo, BM, 37′.
Erick Briones, BM, 63′; Kevan Aubel, BM, 71′; Marques Combs, P, 72′