Huskies girls soccer makes it five in a row
There’s no crying in baseball, and there’s no such thing as style points in soccer.
It wasn’t pretty, but Battle Mountain ran its record to 5-0 in the 4A Slope with a 1-0 win Thursday at Palisade.
“We just eked it out,” Huskies coach David Cope said. “But, three points is three points whether you score one or 10. We played really well in the first half and we just couldn’t finish. In the second half, I think everyone wanted to score that second, third and fourth goal. We seemed to lose our cohesion.”
Again, there are no style points in soccer.
The Huskies posted their goal in the fourth minute when Stephanie Walker got the ball out wide. She knocked it to Destia Day, who dropped it off to Heidi Lauterbach. Lauterbach had a 50-50 ball with the Palisade keeper and won it convincingly, knocking the ball into the open net.
And, ho, hum, that Huskies defense just keeps on going. That’s shutout No. 5 in a row for the black and gold wrecking crew.
“They are so great,” Day said. “They’re the reason we score. They always play the ball up. They always finish their passes. Then, we do what we can do, but they’re great.”
Alexis Guinn got credit for the shutout, but modestly deferred credit to her defenders. And, that would include Christina Harrison who won Man of the Match honors.
The Huskies finish their 740-mile road trip with an 11 a.m. game at Glenwood on Saturday. The Huskies started out thinking that six points on this three-game road trip would be good, but now that they’re 2-0 on the swing, they’re getting greedy.
But, beating Glenwood a second time – the Huskies won, 3-0, in Eagle-Vail in March – especially on the road, will be no easy task.
“The No. 1 thing is going into Glenwood is always difficult,” Cope said. “It’s also the end of a long week. Then, there’s the motivation for our girls that beating Glenwood the first time wasn’t a fluke.”
If more motivation were needed, all you have to do is look at the schedule. A win against Glenwood sets up a showdown with 5-0 Steamboat Springs on Tuesday in Edwards.
“We’ve talked about earning the right to go into that game being in a top position,” Cope said. “We want that game to be a battle of two unbeaten teams.”
VMS falls to Basalt
To review, Basalt started 11 seniors Thursday afternoon against Vail Mountain at The Bob. Vail Mountain started five freshman.
So, it’s not surprising that the No. 6-ranked Longhorns walked away with a 4-1 win.
“Two things. One, we played a very good team,” VMS coach Bob Bandoni said. “Secondly, in the second half, we made adjustments against a team that was more experienced than we were and we held them to one goal and scored one goal on our own. By all rights, we played many times better than we did on Tuesday (in a 2-0 win over Eagle Valley).”
VMS’ goal came from Lindsay Wright off a corner kick from Kris Caples.
VMS, 2-3 in the 3A Slope and 2-4 overall, hosts CRMS Saturday at 11 a.m.