Huskies get their revenge vs. Demons, 6-0
EDWARDS — Glenwood Springs boys soccer hadn’t swept Battle Mountain since 2008, and the Huskies made sure it wasn’t going to happen again in 2014.
After a 4-2 loss to the Demons at Stubler Memorial Field earlier this month, the Huskies exacted some revenge in the rematch on Thursday night in Edwards with a 6-0 victory over Glenwood Springs.
“I was looking forward to this since we lost,” said Huskies midfielder Edgardo Rodriguez, who had a hat trick on Thursday.
Nos. 6 and 7
“A big difference was who scored first,” Glenwood coach Wayne Smith said. “… Six and seven were giving us fits all night. Those two center midfielders, the way they were rotating around, we couldn’t control the ball through the center of the field. We weren’t able to deny Battle (Mountain) the ball first. They just kept coming at us,”
Six and seven would be Rodriguez and fellow midfielder David Ortiz.
While Battle Mountain’s Andrew Herrera to Creek Kamby in the fourth minute was officially the game-winner, Rodriguez and Ortiz were ruling the midfield and accounted for the next four.
In the 31st minute, Ortiz cut at the end line and sent it back to the box. The ball went off the back of a Demons defender and in for the 2-0 lead.
Rodriguez, Polito in Battle Mountain-speak because he’s Leopoldo Rodriguez’s younger brother and older Rodriguez always went by Pollo, scored the next three in the second half.
“We understand each other very well as a team,” Polito said of Ortiz. “We know how to play well with each other.”
Aaron Milligan finished it with a goal off a Donnie Leavitt shot.
“I think that’s the whole thing with our team,” Huskies coach David Cope said. “We hope to teach kids to be resilient. We hope to teach them to react well to adversity and respond well to adversity.”
And the shuffle continues
Battle Mountain (7-3 overall and 6-2 in the 4A Slope) has been shuffling players all year, and Thursday was no exception.
Goalie Jack Skidmore is out for the year with a back injury, and Cope called on freshman goalie Alan Villegas against the Demons (4-6 and 2-5). Freshmen rarely play varsity for the Huskies, and Cope, the team’s coach for 22 years, couldn’t remember starting a frosh in goal. (If you’re curious, Clint Hervert, Christian Espinoza and Leavitt were sophomores when they took over the job.)
The Huskies were also in search of a second center back to team up with Eli Stephens, who has to feel like that position’s been a revolving door. Thursday, it was sophomore Taylor Staughton in the role, and he made a solid debut.
“He did really well,” Cope said. “At 1-0, he made an 80-yard recovery run because we brought him in on a corner kick, which he almost scored on. So we make him do an 80-yard recovery run and he gets a tackle, and it keeps the game at 1-0. The next game, 1-0 could be the only goal of the game.”
All this coming and going brings up some interesting questions for the Huskies as they mount a playoff drive.
Does Cope consider a Roberto Diaz-like role for Kamby — keep the sophomore up top, where he is excelling, but bring him back to center back in tight games?
“It could be, with a one-goal game, that could happen,” Cope said. “Creek’s very versatile and he does a lot of good things, so I think if we’re defending a lead late, you could see Creek in our penalty area.”
Then at keeper, Cope has Leavitt, who started every game last season between the pipes and went 15-3, no small feat. With Skidmore in net, Cope put Leavitt at midfield and the former keeper had a promising start with two goals early in the season. But with Leavitt’s declining playing time as a field player and an opening in goal with Skidmore’s injury, does Leavitt go back in the net?
“Donnie and I have talked,” Cope said. “He hasn’t trained as a keeper all year, so we’ll see how the Delta game goes, and we’ll make a decision on Monday. For now, not many changes. I’m smart enough not to screw up a good thing after we beat Glenwood 6-nil.”
Glenwood heads to Steamboat Springs on Saturday. The Sailors escaped Stubler with a 2-1 win earlier this month.
“It’s a tough league. We’ve got a tough game on Saturday,” Smith said. “It’s another great program. It’s a great conference. It’s great we have such a competitive conference. We’re going to go and do our best at Steamboat and try to get a result there.”
Battle Mountain heads to Delta on Saturday for a tough game on a narrow grass pitch.