Huskies make it 3-0 against Delta in Edwards
EDWARDS ” Battle Mountain girls soccer beat Delta, 5-0, Saturday.
In a related development, Steamboat Springs blanked the same Panthers, 5-0, in its season opener earlier this month.
This, of course, is said with the caveat that in no way are the Huskies looking ahead to their April 4 meeting with their archrivals up in Routt County.
And if anyone believes that, Huskies coach David Cope and his team have a fine set of bridges for sale.
“We had a good scouting report from (Steamboat) coach (Rob) Bohlmann,” Cope said of his fellow coach and friend after Battle Mountain moved to 3-0 on the season. “The scouting report from coach Bohlmann never includes the score. It’s always kind of like, ‘And then we scored. It was OK.'”
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So the spirit of Bohlmann’s understatement, Lizzie Seibert did OK Saturday against the Panthers with her second hat trick of the season. Josie Tuthill and Carrie Wild also weren’t too bad with goals, sandwiching Seibert’s trio.
The Huskies got off to quick start as has been their penchant so far this year. Maddie LyBarger’s beautiful through ball resulted in an equally stellar finish by Tuthill from the left side.
Minutes later, Haille Hogfeldt continued her outstanding production from the midfield with a cross to Seibert, who one-timed it into the net for a 2-0 lead.
“In pregame, we talked about working hard for other people and working hard to make things happen so there’s a collective sense of accomplishment,” Cope said. “Haille Hogfeldt works so hard to win the ball, get it deep and get it across. Then Lizzie showed a lot of class and skill to one-time that in. That was a great goal.”
Battle Mountain was successful in finding holes in Delta’s high trap-oriented defense with its speed and patience.
“We outran their defense a lot because they held their defense up,” center-midfielder Erin Barker said. “But we also passed it around them and tried to make them work harder than us.
“I think since our team is so new with a lot of freshmen and sophomores that it’s coming along well and we’ll progress a lot more throughout these next couple weeks.”
After Seibert’s fifth, sixth and seventh goals of the season., Wild got her first varsity goal off a scramble in the box.
“It’s exciting,” Wild said. “When they were kicking the corner kick, I was just coming in and I just went into the open spot and it worked out.”
One note of concern for Battle Mountain was the defense. Delta had some golden opportunities, but did not convert. This could spell trouble for the Huskies later in the season.
“I think we could defend better,” Cope said. “That’s something we want to work on this week. Our defenders need to be a bit closer together, a bit tighter. I think the important thing for our kids is that everyone doesn’t defend on an island, that we defend as a group.”
Battle Mountain heads down to Colorado Springs Thursday and Saturday for the Valor Christian Tournament. The hosts are 4-0 and ranked No. 10 in the state by the Denver Post, and are the Huskies’ opponent Thursday at 7 p.m.
This is exactly the regular-season challenge for Battle Mountain was searching when it and Steamboat lobbied the Slope to split into two divisions.
“It’s nice chance for us to go on a road trip with each other,” Cope said. “It’s a nice chance to see teams we don’t normally see, and it’s a good chance to measure ourselves. I think we have a good group and I think it will be good to compete.”
After Valor Christian Thursday, the Huskies play Colorado Academy Saturday. Depending on their results in the first two games, the Huskies finish the tourney with either Ponderosa, Centaurus or Steamboat.
But as always, no one in Battle Mountain’s camp would be looking ahead.
Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934 or firstname.lastname@example.org.