Huskies down Devils in opener in Edwards
EDWARDS, Colorado ” Seven down, 62 goals to go. Piece of cake.
In her first game as a forward, Battle Mountain’s Marisa Ammaturo had a hat trick as did midfielder Emily LyBarger as the Huskies cruised to a 12-0 win against Eagle Valley Tuesday in Edwards during the season opener for both teams.
“That was my goal, to start racking them up, try to catch up to Kelsey Sanders,” said Ammaturo, a sophomore who has a career total of seven goals.
Sanders, who graduated last spring, holds the school mark with 69 tallies, so Ammaturo has plenty of work to do.
“I’m only a sophomore,” she joked.
Offense was not a concern for the Huskies. The LyBarger family had five ” Emily with the second trifecta of her career and Madelyn with two ” while Lizzie Seibert also had a pair. Kayla Telles, and Kate VanHee found the back of the net as well.
“I thought it was good to see Emily bossing the show with new forwards in front of her, without Jules (Burnett) and Kels,” Huskies coach David Cope said of LyBarger, last year’s 4A Slope Player of the Year. “It has new feel to it, and she’s got to learn to combine with Jenny and Marisa and other players. There’s some good things there. I thought the quality of goals were pretty good. It’s just fun finally to be playing against a opponent.”
While the Huskies started with a win, it was not all bad news for the Devils under first-year coach Francois Nanin.
“Overall, our goal was to see how much aggressiveness they had,” he said. “They are not afraid. They played their game. They did it for 40 minutes out of 80. That’s a buildup for us. Now the girls know what to do and they need to expect to play like teams like this. The whole (league) is like this. Many teams have been in the playoffs the last four years. Battle Mountain isn’t the only one.”
Shaking off the rust
Though it was a league game, both teams used Tuesday’s game like a scrimmage. After Battle Mountain took a 5-0 lead at the 21-minute mark, Cope substituted liberally, putting players in different places, trying different combination.
Huskies goalie Maddy Trtnj stopped the two shots she faced in her varsity debut. Meanwhile, Eagle Valley’s Megan Cochrane, despite the score, still made some solid stops against Battle Mountain’s onslaught.
Eagle Valley is next in action March 20 in Gypsum against Palisade.
“We are going to go back to work,” Nanin said. “Now they have a clear vision of what they have to work on. But they didn’t quit and that is the No. 1 quality. “
Meanwhile the Huskies have their only nonconference game of the season Thursday at home against Summit County. A good impression against the Tigers is important for Battle Mountain’s postseason aspirations.
“Since the way our league is structured, you want to do well in that nonleague game because Summit is playing Ralston Valley and Golden and all these other teams and you want to measure up,” Cope said.
Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 748-2934 or email@example.com.
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