Huskies get scare against Palisade
PALISADE – To become a champion, a team has to win the battle of rough times and spots that occur as the season unfolds.Coach Dave Cope said the 2007 Battle Mountain girls soccer team earned its stripes in a 2-0 win over former Western Slope League cupcake Palisade Tuesday.”You’re going to have days like this,” Cope noted. “In seasons where you win championships, on days like this, you grind it out and get the result. I think that’s a good mark of our character. We just kept applying ourselves.”The win raised the Huskies unbeaten record to 5-0 (overall and in the Slope).Despite controlling the game offensively, Battle Mountain failed to score in the first half. Credit Palisade goalie Amelia Davis, and one goal post as the difference.
Davis robbed Marisa Ammaturo of a score by sliding over to the near post to nullify a breakaway in the 10th minute. Julia Burnett, who broke the scoreless tie in the second half, smacked the goal post two minutes later.Davis finished the game with 22 saves on 25 Battle Mountain shots.Not too shabby for someone, at the same time last year was winding up middle school.”She’s a beast,” Bulldogs captain Megan Bosch said of Davis. “I’m so impressed with her. They score and she keeps on going.”Davis shooed way a couple of dangerous attempts after Burnett’s goal to keep the game close.
A switch in positions, lead to the tiebreaking goal, Cope said. “(Julia) was playing forward in the first half, we pulled her back to the midfield and pushed Lizzie Seibert up top. Then Julia comes from a really deep position, plays a 1-2 with Emily LyBarger and scores the goal. I think that’s great.”The score failed to stop Davis from making a couple more great plays. In the 60th minute, the Bulldogs freshman kicked the ball away before Huskies forward Kori Landauer could make a play.Twelve minutes later, Kelsey Plath made it 2-0 by punching in a rebound from Kelsey Sanders to the far corner after a Davis save.
Cope also was impressed with Bulldogs improved play.”This Palisade group had a lot of spirit and fight. They certainly have improved from the last time we saw them,” said Battle Mountain coach David Cope. “When we scored, they didn’t just give up the ghost at that point.” Gianbottiglio went to Plath, while the defensive rock went to Kelli Bowles. Kaeli Hosler got the shutout in net.Battle Mountain takes on Summit Thursday at Freedom Park in Edwards at 4 p.m.