Huskies get their revenge against Eagle Valley
EDWARDS — The Creek is starting to run.
The Huskies’ Creek Kamby scored twice in the final five minutes of the first half as Battle Mountain soccer went on to beat Eagle Valley, 4-1, on Thursday night in Edwards, avenging an early season loss to its rivals.
The senior had only two goals coming into this week. After a hat trick against Summit County and two more against the Devils, Kamby’s back in the mix.
“I’ve gotten into the flow,” he said. “We’ve got other players on our team who can play. It’s helped to open me up. It’s been a good week, but our team is playing really well. Those two victories are what’s important.”
“It’s good to see Creek coming in at the right end of the season,” Huskies coach David Cope said. “You want your players peaking closer to Halloween than Labor Day.”
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And Kamby’s two markers were perfectly timed. Eagle Valley had just had a goal waived off because of offsides. Battle Mountain (10-2 overall and 8-1 in the Slope) came right back the other way with Cody Bahan springing Kamby for a 1-0 lead.
A minute later, it was David Barajas to Kamby, and that was essentially the knockout blow.
For the Huskies, it was about playing their game, possession and pressure. In the first game between the two teams down in Gypsum on Aug. 30, Eagle Valley controlled the game with emotional intensity and won, 2-1, in overtime.
“We talked about that before (the game),” Huskies defender Miles Joersz said. “We talked about how we had to play and not get into a mental game with Eagle. They feed off energy. Just play.”
And the Huskies kept playing in the second half. Bahan slammed a free kick into the top right corner for a 3-0 lead. Scott Swimm from Behan helped cap the Huskies’ desire for revenge.
“It definitely stays with you the whole rest of the season,” Cope said of the first meeting down in Gypsum. “The challenge for us, as coaches, was not to let the players get carried away with it, to keep their focus on the next game and the next game. But, if you’d asked anyone on our team for the past few weeks, they knew were playing again Oct. 6.”
The win puts the Huskies in command of the Slope with a one-game lead over Steamboat Springs and two games up in the loss column on both Eagle Valley (6-6, 6-3) and Summit County.
“They guys played hard, and they put their hearts into it. That’s all I can ask,” Devils coach Bratzo Horruitiner said. “We can fix things in practice and always try to get better. Playing 2-0, 3-0 down is a tough mental game, but the guys never gave up.”
To that end, Eduardo Soto scored for the Devils in the 78th minute.
Eagle Valley heads to Steamboat Springs on Tuesday, while the Huskies are home for Rifle.
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Jeff Shiffrin, with his wife, Eileen, made the Vail area their home decades ago, and together raised Mikaela and Taylor Shiffrin, who was a member of the two-time NCAA Champion University of Denver Ski Team.