Huskies regroup, rout Devils in Gypsum
GYPSUM, Colorado ” Wrong time, wrong place.
After Battle Mountain soccer lost at Steamboat Springs, 4-1, Monday night, the Huskies were ready to take it out on their next opponent.
That happened to be Eagle Valley in Gypsum Tuesday, and Battle Mountain stormed out with seven goals in the first 35 minutes on their way to a 7-1 win against the Devils.
“Once we step off the field, we clear everything from our mind,” said Battle Mountain’s Kayla Telles, who had a goal and three assists. “Once we step on it again, it’s a completely different game, different day, different team.”
“I think it was really good to come back and play today, even though people were soccer tired and sore and a lot of people played the whole game yesterday,” Huskies coach David Cope said. “To come back right away and able to play was good. I thought everybody stuck together well.”
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Miriah Jones from Haille Hogfeldt put Battle Mountain on the board in the fourth minute. Lizzie Seibert set up Kayla Telles in the 11th. For Seibert, that was the beginning of a ho-hum one-goal, three-assist day.
Telles fed Hogfeldt for a beautiful header in the 17th. That was the beginning of Hogfeldt’s hat trick. Scattered among Hogfeldt’s goals were tallies by Seibert in the 20th and a nice sequence when Seibert laid back a ball to Erin Barker for an easy score.
“I think it’s just all of our shots we didn’t make last night went in today,” Telles joked.
While the competitive aspect of the match was done, Eagle Valley coach Francois Nanin wanted to see his players keep going in the second half and they did not disappoint.
“We came back in the second half. If we could have played as hard in the first half, it would have been a completely different game,” Nanin said. “(Battle Mountain)’s one of the best teams in the league. That’s a playoff team. But we are playing better this season.”
Eagle Valley recorded several scoring chances and Jamie Proctor appeared to score on a penalty kick late in the game, but that was nullified because the referee hadn’t blown the whistle before she attempted the kick.
Nevertheless, the Devils kept coming and Paige Genelin finally found the back of the net to give the Devils a boost going into the second half of their season.
“It was really nice,” Genelin said. “I thought we were going to let it go, but we really came back. It made everyone so much happier. We know we can do it. It’s just a matter of getting there.”
“I think what’s nice to see about Eagle Valley is that they’re still having fun playing the game, and how excited they were for each other when they scored the goal,” he said. “That’s good. Someone (Nanin) is doing something right over there when the team isn’t discouraged. That’s good.”
Both teams have big games on the horizon. Battle Mountain (6-4 overall and 5-1 in the 4A Slope) is at Glenwood Springs Thursday while Eagle Valley heads to Steamboat Saturday.
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