Huskies edge Dawson |

Huskies edge Dawson

LAFAYETTE – Payback time.After a 2-1 loss to 3A Alexander Dawson last year which likely put Battle Mountain soccer in the 16th spot in the postseason, the Huskies weren’t going to let it happen again.In a battle of the No. 9 teams in 4A and 3A according to The Denver Post, the Huskies topped the Mustangs, 3-2.”I think it’s a huge win on a number of fronts,” Huskies coach David Cope said. “This was a an opportunity for a lot of people to see us and take us seriously. They’re 3A, but they’re a legitimate team. We walked into the their gym and saw the 1997 state title that they won by beating Steamboat.”They way we saw it if we lost, it would be a wake-up call. If we won by a big score, we could say, ‘Hey we’re a pretty good team.’ In a sense, both things happened at once. It was a wake-up call and if we can shore up our defense we could be pretty good.”Without left midfielder Kyle Moore, who was away to attend his older sister’s wedding, Cope had to juggle the lineup, but the Huskies responded nicely. Tyler Cole to Joel Gonzales to Gustavo Bronfield made it 1-0 in the 12th minute.Alexander Dawson’s Zach Paul tied it at one with 10 minutes left in the half. But as has been Battle Mountain’s wont this year, the Huskies came back immediate with a goal. Cole fed Casey Kleisinger to give Battle Mountain the lead for good.For Kleisinger, a transfer from Vail Mountain, it was his first game with the Huskies after sitting out the mandatory time under CHSAA rules for his move and his first score in Battle Mountain black and white. (By the way, Casey, it’s not mandatory for you to root for the Red Sox any more. But, rooting for Manchester United might be a good idea.)In the 62nd minute, Cole found Bronfield at the top of the box and the latter scored his second goal of the day. A rare defensive breakdown by the normally rock-solid Connor Drumm led to Dawson’s second goal late.The win capped a great week for the Huskies (8-0 overall and 6-0 in the 4A Slope) who won three straight games on the road. One item of concern is that the team gave up six goals this week.And that will be on the team’s mind this week when the Huskies are at Palisade Tuesday, at Rifle Thursday and home for archrival, Steamboat Springs, Saturday.”Six goals this week, you’d think we’d have lost a game,” Cope said. “It’s ironic because we’ve been so good in the back this year until this week. We’ve got to tighten up against Palisade. Our goal is to get a shutout. That’s how we’re keeping our focus on Palisade.”Looming on the horizon is Rifle. I think it’s unlikely that any of the boys are going to get Andy Banner’s (single-season scoring) record this year. But, they have a chance to do something that last year’s team didn’t do by beating Rifle on the road.”VMS beats St. Mary’sEAST VAIL – Much better. Or much, much worse.It depends on how you look at it.After losing to St. Mary’s, 6-0, earlier in the season, Vail Mountain soccer returned the favor beating the Pirates, 3-1, Saturday at The Bob.Then, the Yankees clinched the AL East by beating the Red Sox, which as we all know in “VMS Soccer: The Home Game” is bad thing.While Bandoni said nothing printable in a family newspaper about his Sox, he was pleased with his soccer team.”We actually managed the field real well,” he said. “It’s a decent test of our growth.”Oscar Gaspar, Tucker Shelden and Jackson Higgins scored for the Gore Rangers. Matt Stovall and Jordy Coffey split the win in the net.Don’t look now, but VMS is over .500 at 5-4-1 overall and 2-2-1 in the 3A Slope.Next up for the Gore Rangers is Bandoni’s favorite road trip of the season. VMS is at Paonia Tuesday. Sports editor Chris Freud can be reached at 949-0555 or via, Colorado

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