Huskies nip Palisade; VMS rings up fifth win
PALISADE — It turned into a good week for Battle Mountain soccer.
After a 2-0 loss on Monday against Silver Creek, the Huskies ran off three straight wins, capped by 2-1 come-from behind victory at Palisade on Saturday.
“We got after them,” Huskies coach David Cope said. “Think about how you judge yourself as a team. Can you win a close game? Can you win against a good team or one that’s better? That’s what we did today.”
Battle Mountain (7-2 overall and 5-1 in the 4A Slope) also came from behind on Saturday, a first for the season.
Down 1-0 after 19 minutes, Battle Mountain struck back almost immediately. A.J. Davies got into the box. Cope said she might have been fouled.
No matter as Davies laid it back to Avery Weaver, who notched her eighth goal of the season.
In the second half, Emily Cope slipped a pass to Valentina Montenegro, who beat the onrushing Bulldogs keeper for the game winner.
And don’t forget Nicole Lasater. Battle Mountain’s keeper kept it at 2-1 just minutes later with a diving save to her left to knock a Palisade shot wide of the post.
In other 4A Slope news, Steamboat Springs suffered its first loss of the season in overtime to Centaurus.
The Huskies next game is on Thursday at Gypsum against Eagle Valley at 4 p.m.
VMS blanks CRMS
Vail Mountain School soccer moved to 5-0 with a 4-0 win at the Colorado Rocky Mountain School on Saturday.
While it is considered uncouth in the world of coach Bob Bandoni to discuss results relative to the plebeian area of standings, the Gore Rangers are racking up the points necessary to qualify for the upcoming 2A state playoffs.
Maria D’Andrea , Anwyn Uquhart, Maddy Cooper and Katie Alonzo all scored against the Pearls with three coming in the second half.
Back to the cerebral world of Bandonese.
“The transition of ideas from training sessions to the pitch continued today,” Bandoni said. “The visualization manifesting itself in the run of competition is encouraging. We leave the pitch with a greater understanding on the application of concepts, while, at the same time, having a comprehension of what we need to ameliorate.”
VMS gets a big nonconference test on Tuesday against Front Range Christian at Bandoni Alumni Field at 3:30 p.m.
Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934, email@example.com and @cfreud.