Huskies dump Delta, 6-0; Eagle Valley next
DELTA — Welcome home, Battle Mountain soccer, sort of.
The Huskies finished up their western swing with a nice 6-0 thumping in their league opener at Delta on Saturday.
Combined with a 1-0 nonconference win at Montrose, Battle Mountain had a good weekend to start off the season.
“Four goal scorers and a clean sheet,” Huskies coach David Cope, referring to his team’s defense and goal keeping. “Jack (Skidmore) had two shutouts and had three all of last year. If he can stay healthy, that’ll be good for us.”
Donnie Leavitt had two goals, but did not become a big brother on Saturday. However, Uriel Lopez did score two goals and did become a big brother. The Huskies have dubbed the Lopez family’s new addition, Hermanito. Congratulations to all.
Jesus Romero had a very good day with two goals and an assist. Juan Macias was also in on the action with a goal and an assist.
The bigger theme of the day is that Battle Mountain (2-0) took care of business against an opponent its should have beaten. The Huskies led, 2-0, after 21 minutes and buried the Panthers in the second half.
“This weekend was a little bit of a gamble,” Cope said. “We were playing at Montrose and that’s difficult. At Delta can be tricky. The team was able to come together on the trip and get two wins. That’s a great way to start the season.”
The Huskies will be in Eagle County for their next tilt, but still on the road. Battle Mountain is at Eagle Valley on Thursday at John Ramunno Field at 6 p.m. in a big one for both teams.
Eagle Valley knocked off Battle Mountain, 2-0, last fall for its first win against the Huskies dating back to 1999. Battle Mountain’s camp doubtless has that on its mind. Meanwhile, the Devils are coming off a tough 2-1 overtime loss against Glenwood Springs on Thursday in league play.
The Devils did get some help on Saturday as Steamboat Springs edged those Demons, 5-4, down in Glenwood. It’s shaping up as another wild year in the 4A Slope.
Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934, firstname.lastname@example.org and @cfreud.