Huskies pound Fort Morgan, 8-0 |

Huskies pound Fort Morgan, 8-0

Battle Mountain freshman Danny Barajas breaks for the goal for one of his two scores against Fort Morgan on Wednesday in Edwards. The Huskies won their playoff opener, 8-0.
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EDWARDS — That’s exactly what Battle Mountain soccer wanted out of its first-round playoff game on Wednesday.

No drama, a quick three-spot, lots of substitutions and a goose egg.

The No. 9 Huskies got all that in a tidy, 8-0 win against Fort Morgan to advance to the Sweet 16 at No. 8 Silver Creek on Tuesday in Longmont.

“Comprehensive,” Huskies coach David Cope said in the team’s locker room. “You look at those goals on the board and I thought we achieved them all. We dominated on restarts. We earned possession. The first 10 minutes were very strong for us. We scored great goals. It was a good night.”

“Feels great,” Huskies senior Javier Garcia said. “You have to take the game seriously every time. Every team’s going to be hard.”

Kudos to John Garnsey

It’s not surprising that the Huskies (12-4) got off to a quick start, but a freshman scoring two goals is. Enter Danny Barajas.

The freshman ripped the first two against the Mustangs, the first unassisted and the second from Creek Kamby.

“I’ve been working on trying my best to get a spot in the starting 11,” Barajas said. “That was great feeling. I haven’t scored in any home games, so that was cool against a tough team.”

And give it up for John Garnsey, best known locally as a prominent ski-industry executive. He’s also spent a lot of time watching Huskies soccer as a the father of Mac and Keegan, and correctly identified that the last freshman to start in a playoff game for Battle Mountain was, indeed, Jose Lozano, Class of 2001.

The upperclassmen took over from there. Kamby had the first of his hat trick on a sweet pass from Juan Macias, and the Huskies were up 3-0 just 14 minutes into the match.

In between the Macias-to-Kamby goals, Miles Joersz emphatically finished a pass across the goal mouth from Kamby and the Huskies were up, 5-0, at the half.

Macias, Kamby and Garcia scored in the second half. It’s worth noting that both Kamby and Macias are officially red hot.

Off to Longmont

With Huskies having won and the Sailors about to play, Garcia said the right thing when asked if he wanted Silver Creek or Steamboat Springs.

“We just want to play the next round, whoever it is,” he said.

Silver Creek edged Steamboat Springs, 3-2, via penalty kicks (5-4), on Tuesday night.

“Silver Creek’s had a great season,” Cope said. “They won the Northern League. If you win a league that has Niwot and those teams in it, you’ve done really well. In order to beat Steamboat, you’ve got a great team. It’s and 8-9 game and in most NCAA brackets that’s a tossup game.”

Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934, and @cfreud.