Huskies dominate Demons, 9-1
EDWARDS – Kelsey Sanders may want to ask her track coach, Rob Parish, to schedule a few more meets, for her soccer coach’s sake.The Battle Mountain forward scored four goals in her team’s 9-1 win over Glenwood Springs Tuesday in Edwards after winning the long jump in the Huskies’ track meet shortly before the soccer game.”It must be my good luck charm, huh? It worked,” Sanders said.Battle Mountain soccer coach David Cope was impressed with Sanders’ dual sports performance, which brought about a comparison to another Sanders.”We were talking about doing the Deion Sanders thing, trying to get a police escort to bring them back from the track meet,” Cope said.McKenzie Stevens and Jamie Lee Roberts also competed in both sports for the Huskies.And for the second game in a row, the Huskies’ Julia Burnett joined Sanders in recording a hat trick. “I thought Julia was coming from different positions on the field and being really effective,” Cope said.There was almost a third Battle Mountain magician, as Kate VanHee netted two goals, and had a chance for another, but opted to pass.
“That’s what’s so great about this group,” Cope said. “They give up good opportunities to shoot for great opportunities to shoot. You think about Kelsey’s (third) goal. Kate’s got the ball at her feet in the penalty area, but she sees Kelsey in the area in great position and just lays it back to her.”Tough taskGlenwood Springs was without the services of several injured players going up against a highly touted Huskies’ squad.”We had some younger players who came in and some players playing different spots to fill in for injuries,” said Glenwood Springs coach Linda Flohr. “They contributed the best they could. (Battle Mountain) is a great team. You certainly want to be healthy and rested when you play them.”The Demons cut the Huskies lead in half at 2-1 on a free kick. Chelsea Vallario bent a free kick to the left post, and Battle Mountain goalie Kori Landauer made her only mistake of the game, letting the ball past her thinking it was going wide.After the Demons’ goal, the Huskies stormed right back and earned a 5-1 lead by halftime.On just about every Battle Mountain goal, the shooter had an open look at the goal, thanks to a nice pass or a quick move.”They have a lot of players run through and some great passing,” Flohr said.
Cope was happy with his players’ ball movement.”That’s something we talked about. Can our final pass be a quality one that creates another pass for somebody else,” Cope said.Burnett, VanHee and Sydney Nichols each had two assists.Too quick for CopeAs a rule, Cope takes his players out of the game after they score three goals. But before Cope could get a substitution, Sanders netted another one.”We had the (substitute) standing there ready,” Cope said. “Part of being a striker is being ruthless.”Sanders’ fourth goal equals the school record set by Alberto Saenz against Eagle Valley on Sept. 24, 1999.”The last time it happened it was the same thing,” Cope said. “The sub was ready, and we couldn’t get him out of the game in time.”
On Sanders’ final goal, she hesitated for a split second after receiving a pass from Burnett at the top of the Demons’ box.”I was like, “Oh no, what do I do,'” Sanders said.And even though the ball didn’t make its way in the Battle Mountain end much, Cope liked what he saw out of his defenders.”Our defenders are really covering for each other well,” Cope said. “Our defenders are also getting involved in the attack. You saw Sydney get assists and Morgan (Wallace) got involved in the attack.”Thursday, Battle Mountain (7-0-1 overall and 6-0-1 in the 4A slope) hosts Palisade at 4 p.m.Sports Writer Ian Cropp can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 14631, or email@example.com.Vail, Colorado