Huskies finish off Summit, Slope
FARMER’S KORNER – For the record, the Huskies’ Alex Trujillo had the
goal that clinched Battle Mountain soccer’s third-straight 4A Western
Slope title. But it was Roberto Diaz’s goal late that made the hoodies
official in the Huskies’ 2-0 win over Summit County at Climax
Molybdenum Field at Tiger Stadium Monday night.
“When Heivan passed it to me, it was like, ‘Oh, my God,'” Diaz said.
“‘That is mine.'”
The junior had been sprung by Heivan Garcia and buried it past Summit
keeper Noah Glasco in the 66th minute to put the Huskies in the
winner’s circle again.
Battle Mountain is 12-0, and, more importantly, 10-0 in league and owns
the season sweep of the Tigers, and the accompanying tiebreaker, which
made Monday the clincher. (The Huskies downed Summit, 3-1, last month
“It feel great winning the league,” Trujillo said. “… It feels great.
(Summit’s) a competitive team. They stuck together the whole time. They
kept their composure and it’s a good victory. I hope they go far in the
This is Battle Mountain’s seventh title in nine years, dating back to
2004. It also continues the squad’s streak of 15 consecutive postseason
appearances, which goes back into ancient days when Battle Mountain was
a 3A school and there was no such thing as texting on things called
“This season didn’t begin in August. It began a long time ago,” said
Huskies coach David Cope, who has led the program since 1993.
“Tonight’s game didn’t begin at six ‘o clock. It began a long time ago.
These guys are a product of an environment that they come into as
freshmen that has high expectations. This senior class enjoys playing
for each other. They play a lot together. They come through a blizzard
and play in gym at nine ‘o clock in January.”
And, it’s added up to a lot of success. Battle Mountain holds the No. 2
spot in The Denver Post poll, behind Broomfield and ahead of Evergreen,
a team that has eliminated the Huskies three consecutive years in the
Battle Mountain’s job, with the Slope done, is to run the table in the
next three games.
“Now, you’re playing for seed,” Cope said. “Every Monday, that list
comes out (on The Denver Post), and you want to be in the discussion.
We want to be in the conversation for the top four. We have to hold
That starts at Rifle Thursday and at Basalt Saturday. Both are tight
fields, which was something the Huskies had to contend with Monday
night up in Summit. Tiger Stadium’s pitch is just 63 yards wide, as
compared to the Huskies’ roomy 80-yard-wide home field in Edwards.
And though Battle Mountain controlled the game from start to finish,
the tight quarters were still an issue.
Trujillo gave the Huskies a 1-0 lead in the eighth minute.
“I tried cross it,” Trujillo said. “I hit the (Summit) guy and it got
in the net. I assist a lot, so it’s nice, once in a while to score a
And well deserved for Trujillo, who had six goals and 13 assists coming
into Monday night’s game.
The Huskies peppered the net from there, but could not find the goal
which would put away Summit.
“I think what we needed was a game like this,” Cope said. “We needed a
test, a physical battle. We needed a game that went late and we reacted
well to all the situations.”
A different situation was certainly midway through the second half when
Cope, not normally a coach to sit on a lead, pulled Diaz back on
defense, abandoning the Huskies’ traditional 3-5-2 for a 4-4-2.
Ironically, it was Diaz who went forward on a free kick and ended up
with the insurance goal.
“Never gets old,” Cope said.
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