Huskies grab No. 9, Devils No. 30 in soccer playoffs
For the third year in a row, the Battle Mountain soccer team will be playing a home playoff match. Sunday, CHSAA gave the Huskies a No. 9 seed in the 2006 4A state playoffs.”I think it’s a fair seed, and our challenge is to live up to it,” said Battle Mountain coach David Cope.Wednesday, Western Slope Champion Battle Mountain (11-2-1) will host a Mountain Range team (10-4-1) from Westminster that plays in the Skyline conference.”I think it’s great we were able to get a seeding so high. We were expecting something between 12 and 15,” said Battle Mountain goalie DJ Van Curan. “It shows CHSAA has given respect to our league.”Right after the seedings came out, Cope was looking to find out information about Mountain Range, but wasn’t able to come up with much.”I was trying to look up their enrollment numbers, but they had no numbers listed, so as of last count they didn’t have an student,” Cope said.And Cope is right – Mountain Range is a first-year school. But the Mustangs certainly have a formidable soccer squad, which went 7-4 in league to finish fifth.Battle Mountain doesn’t have any common opponents with Mountain Range, but not knowing what to expect is fine by Van Curan.”Sometimes it takes away from us playing our game,” Van Curan said. “We’ll just play how we play.”Although Cope didn’t speak with any of his players due to the CHSAA no contact rule for Sunday, he imagines they are excited with the seed.”I think the boys are thrilled to play at home,” Cope said. “At No. 9, you like your chances because if you win, you have No. 8.”The winner of the Battle Mountain game will take the winner of the game between No. 8 Conifer (12-2-1) and No. 25 Windsor (7-5-3). Conifer tied Summit, whom the Huskies tied earlier this year.Devils to DenverEagle Valley had a great turnaround season and qualified for state for the first time in three years. The Devils (7-7-1) will be the No. 30 seed and face Mullen (10-5), a team that played its fair share of 5A opponents.”We knew we were going to get a low seed,” said Eagle Valley coach Chad Sloniker. “There’s no pressure on us. I think we’re a dangerous 30 seed.”Senior Kyle Simonett thinks the berth shows just how hard the team has worked.”I’m glad we made it this year,” Simonett said. “I came into the season thinking, ‘What is going to happen this year?'”While the Devils are excited to have a game, they want to given Mullen a run for its money.”The idea is to have a good show and not get blown out 9-1 so we can get a 29 seed next year,” Sloniker said. “If we can put together a game like we had against Steamboat (in a 4-1 win) with a little more control, we can give them a run.”The Devils and Mustangs have no common opponents, and the winner of the match will play either No. 14 Greeley Central (11-4-0) or No. 19 Summit (9-3-2).In addition to Eagle Valley and Battle Mountain, Steamboat and Glenwood also will be playing in the first round Wednesday. The No. 23 Sailors face No. 10 Longmont (11-3-1), while No. 25 Demons take on No. 6 Montrose.To see the complete playoff bracket, log on to chsaa.org.Sports Writer Ian Cropp can be reached at 748-2935 or firstname.lastname@example.org.Vail Colorado
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