Huskies down Moffat County 5-0
EDWARDS, Colorado ” Battle Mountain soccer was going to play Thursday.
Huskies coach David Cope had joked that if Battle Mountain was snowed out Thursday against Moffat County, he was going to have his team play a soccer doubleheader in Craig on April 20.
Ernie Banks was not needed as the Huskies got in a 5-0 win over the visiting Bulldogs at Freedom Park in Edwards just before the white stuff started flying again.
“The last couple weeks has been strange for anybody playing any sport,” Cope said. “People are piecing it together in the gyms. We’ve been on the bike path over here. We’ve played on snow. For us to get out on a field and have room and spread the ball around, it was great. It probably felt luxurious.”
Battle Mountain Josie Tuthill and Haille Hogfeldt felt comfortable, each scoring a pair while teammate Kayla Telles had a tally of her own.
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Huskies midfielder Lizzie Seibert had a frustrating day as far as goal-scoring, but she seemed to be in on the action everywhere, recording three assists. The first came on a nice ball down to Tuthill on the right side. Tuthill shot with her left boot from the right side through goalie Imelda Hernandez for the score.
Seibert dribbled through the Moffat box and did everything but score. However her shot went straight to Hogfeldt, who put it home. The Huskies started the second half with Seibert to Kayla Telles as the Huskies came from all parts of the pitch.
“You’ve got Josie on the left and Haille and Kayla on the right,” Cope said. “There’s really nice balance right now. Then Lizzie is the play-maker, the conductor. It’s good to see us playing from the middle and the left and the right.”
Hogfeldt got her second on a penalty kick, and then Tuthill got the goal about which the Huskies will be talking. She crushed her shot. Second-half keeper Anastasia Todd did everything she could to get in front of it. Tuthill just got all of it.
“I’m not trying to kick too hard,” Tuthill said. “I’m just really forceful, so it happened.”
While the Bulldogs are still looking for their first win ” they’ve logged at tie at Eagle Valley ” Moffat coach Nicole Dolence was pleased with her team’s spirit.
“I think our girls played really hard. We’re trying out different things on offense and defense,” she said. “They played really hard. They had fun. To me, that’s the most important thing.”
Moffat hosts Palisade Thursday in its first home game of the season. Meanwhile, Battle Mountain hits the road for five games, starting with a 6 p.m. kickoff at Steamboat Springs Monday.
The Huskies are the two-time defending Slope champions, but Steamboat thumped the Huskies, 7-1, in March’s Valor Christian Tournament.
“We intend to show the improvement we’ve had throughout the season,” Cope said. “It would be a big achievement if we are just competitive. If we can be competitive, you never know what will happen.”
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