Huskies, Sailors battle to a 0-0 tie
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS – This is what you’d expect from the two top soccer teams in the Western Slope League. It was a game that could have gone either way. Both teams had chances and opportunities. Take Steamboat Springs hitting the crossbar with less than a minute to go in the first overtime. Or the several corner kicks that ended in shots sailing just high or just wide for Battle Mountain. But in an equal credit to both teams, those chances never turned in to anything.
The end result from the class of the league was a 0-0 tie.”I thought it was really well fought. It was well played,” Battle Mountain coach Dave Cope said. “Steamboat made some great adjustments since the first time we’ve played.”Said Steamboat coach Rob Bohlmann: “It was a match for 90 minutes.”Early on it looked like the Huskies would carry over their momentum from two weeks ago when they beat the Sailors 3-1 in Battle Mountain.The Huskies dominated the first 40 minutes of play with their best chances coming via corner kicks. In the 30th minute Battle Mountain’s Julia Barnett just put a shot over the net. Then in the 36th minute, Marisa Ammaturo’s deflection was stopped by Steamboat defender Amanda Tegtmeier at the corner of the goal.
“We created enough chances to win the game but they didn’t fall,” Cope said. “That’s what happens sometime in this sport.”The second half saw a markedly different Steamboat team. The Sailors started to win balls at midfield and put some pressure on the Huskies defense. Still their best chance came with less than a minute left in the first five minute overtime. After the ball squirted loose in the Battle Mountain box, Steamboat’s Emily Birch fired a shot that just grazed off of the crossbar.
Still, Bohlmann said he was happy with the way his team reacted after losing to Battle Mountain earlier in the season. “This group has to be happy because we’ve really progressed in the last two weeks since the first time we played them,” Bohlmann said. “I take away a lot of satisfaction in the progression this team has had.”The win puts Battle Mountain three points ahead of Steamboat with six games remaining. Despite the cushion and the tiebreaker with the Sailors by winning the season series, Cope said the Huskies can’t yet chalk up a league title. He said Battle Mountain has to look no further than what happened to Steamboat Springs last year. The Sailors came out of spring break undefeated and lost to Glenwood Springs. “Anytime you get passed halfway 8-0 your thinking about 15-0, but that’s a tall order,” he said. “If you’re going to have a wakeup call I’d rather have it be a draw then for them to get beat …. but we know what happened to (Steamboat) last year so we want to guard against that.”Battle Mountain (8-0-1) is at Moffat County April 19 after spring break.