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Huskies dump Moffat

CRAIG – It is only September, so one does not want to call Battle Mountain soccer’s visit Tuesday to Moffat County a big game, but …

Coming off a difficult 2-1 loss at Steamboat Springs Saturday and having to deal with some off-field distractions, the Huskies’ 5-0 blanking of the Bulldogs was, simply-put, mongo-huge.

“You can have little bumps which disrupt you or they can unite you,” Huskies coach David Cope said. “It’s something we addressed as a group. We rallied and pulled together.”

Battle Mountain led 2-0 at the half. And mindful that Eagle Valley held the same advantage at one point against the Bulldogs on Saturday, only to fall, 4-3, the Huskies shut the door with three second-half goals. (This is not meant as a show of disrespect to the Devils, but merely an acknowledgment that both 4A schools in the county relentlessly follow each other’s results, regardless of sport.)

The win moved the Huskies 4-1-1 overall and 3-1 in the 4A Slope.

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“We knew we needed to come out and play strong to stay in it in (the) leaque (race),” Joe LyBarger said. “We came out and did it.”

LyBarger, a junior, was a big part of it with hat trick, the first of his high-school varsity career. And if you’ve played “Battle Mountain Soccer: The Home Game,” a hat trick at any level is a tremendous accomplishment.

Chris Shea found the back of the net as did Garrett Wilson. The latter’s goal led to some good-natured ribbing that Garrett, a freshman, now has more goals than his older brother Gunnar, a junior. In fairness to Gunnar, he’s normally a striker, but is playing defense to help out the squad.

And that defense was air-tight against the Bulldogs who can score quickly. Christian Espinoza earned the shutout in net.

And now for a novel concept, Battle Mountain will play a home game – five of the team’s first six games have been on the road – against Glenwood Springs Thursday at 6 p.m.

Speaking of Glenwood, the Huskies headed down Highway 40 to catch the Glenwood Springs-Steamboat Springs game before heading home. We’ll go out on a limb and say that the score of the Battle Mountain-Glenwood game Thursday will be 1-0. The last four meetings between the Huskies and the Demons have been by that count, with Battle Mountain winning three.

Aspen edges VMS

ASPEN – It was just another classic Aspen-Vail Mountain game Tuesday.

The Skiers edged the Gore Rangers, 2-1, on a late marker. The good news is that was the friendly. The league match is Oct. 8 at Bandoni Alumni Field in East Vail.

Ben Hymes scored on an assist from Addison Baker for the Gore Rangers’ tally. William Sterett was brilliant in net for VMS. Aspen just got by in the end.

“Both teams were definitely playing hard,” VMS coach Slade Cogswell said. “As far as our boys go, the coaching staff is really proud of how they played. The learning curve is just amazing.”

VMS is at Denver Christian Thursday.

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