Huskies make strides in loss to Demons |

Huskies make strides in loss to Demons

Much better.

That1s the verdict from the Battle Mountain girls soccer team after a 2-1 loss at Buena Vista, a vast improvement over a 5-0 loss at Eagle Valley earlier in the week.

3We set our goals the other night and went over the game plan,² Huskies coach Kate Steffens said. 3We were concerned with containment on the first attacker and defensive pressure. Keep the game simple and then just play the smart, no-panic soccer that I1ve seen them play before. Hopefully this is a premonition of things to come.²

All the scoring took place in the first half. Battle Mountain1s first goal of the young season came when Kelly Casber was pulled down in the box. Lauren Meehan took the penalty kick and calmly slammed the ball in the right corner.

One big key for the Huskies against the Demons was taking control of the center of the field. Steffens gave a lot of credit to Meehan and Casber for that improvement.

Meanwhile, the defense also looked a lot better.

3On defense, Bryn Abbott played sweeper,² Steffens said. 3She did a great job directing people. Her marking back were Keegan Garnsey and Brittany Peterson. They did a top-notch job of marking people and containing.²

Given that Thursday1s game was Battle Mountain second time on grass all season, the offense continued to show some understandable rustiness. Nevertheless, Berkley Chipman, Heidi Lauterbach and Taylor Armstead all had quality chances for the Huskies.

Battle Mountain (0-2) starts league play after spring break against Moffat County April 2. Athletic director Fred Koetteritz announced Thursday that the game would be shifted from Eagle-Vail to the Gypsum Town Field because of wintery field conditions.

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