Huskies make it seven in a row
RIFLE – Once Battle Mountain started hitting its target, Rifle had no chance.Five different players scored goals – including one apiece from sisters Emily and Madelyn LyBarger – as the Huskies ran away with a 5-0 girls’ soccer win on Saturday.”It took us a long time to break this team down,” Battle Mountain coach David Cope said of the host Bears. “They battled hard. Rifle’s a good-spirited team.”Cope and the Huskies, now 7-0 overall and 6-0 in the 4A Slope, know a thing or two about breaking teams down, having outscored opponents 35-1 on the season.”They just had more jump than we did today,” said Rifle coach Tom Taucher, whose team fell to 2-3 overall and in the Slope. “They dictated how the game went and won more 50-50 balls. When you do that, you’re going to have a good day.”
Goalkeeper Kadie LaRocque and the Bears’ defense did well to diffuse the Huskies’ many scoring threats in the first half before Madelyne LyBarger broke the ice just over 25 minutes in, punching home a goal off an assist from Marisa Ammaturo.LaRocque hyperextended her knee on the play, leaving an open net for LyBarger. The injury proved minor, relegating the standout keeper to the sidelines for less than three minutes after being helped off the field.Battle Mountain made it 2-0 in the 37th minute when Julia Burnett drove home a perfectly placed cross from Emily LyBarger.From there, it was all Huskies. Patience was key to getting the offense rolling, said Emily LyBarger.”I’d have to say how calm we were even though it took us a while to score,” she said. “We probably looked to pass the ball around more. We possessed it well too. It was exciting to see.”Pressure at the net set up a goal by Kelsey Sanders seven minutes into the second half. Burnett put a shot on goal, with the rebound bouncing out to Sanders and nothing standing between her and the score.Emily LyBarger got in on the scoring barrage later in the half, making a perfectly timed run up the center of the field, taking a cross from Sanders to set up a breakaway tally. LyBarger waited for LaRocque to leave the net and challenge before dribbling right and booting home the goal.
Stephanie Woodruff rounded out the ledger for Battle Mountain with 14 minutes left in the game, waiting for the keeper to commit on a breakaway before driving home an empty-netter.Cope was elated to see the scoring spread around among his Huskies. “Last year we had two main goal scorers (Burnett and Sanders) and, this year, those two have been really good about creating opportunities for the others,” he said. “To have a game with five different goal scorers will only make us better down the line.”Jamie Roberts took home Gianbottiglio, while Woodruff got the Defensive Rock.Battle Mountain hosts Glenwood Springs Tuesday at 4 p.m.