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Huskies show no rust

PALISADE, Colorado ” Not bad for a 16-day layoff.

After a week off because of spring breaks and snow postponing Battle Mountain girls soccer’s game at Glenwood Tuesday, the Huskies showed no rust, pounding Palisade, 5-0, on the road Saturday.

“March 20th,” Huskies coach David Cope said, referring to his team’s last game. “However many days it’s been, we had a good week of training despite the elements. We had a few practices in foul weather, but the girls are working hard and competing against each other.”

One of Cope’s favorite themes is multiple goal-scorers and the Huskies did well on that count with five different players finding the net. Lizzie Seibert got it going in the 23rd minute by putting home her own rebound.

Marisa Ammaturo worked her magic setting up Rachel Gordon for Battle Mountain’s second. Ammaturo got wide, beat her defender and fed a nice low cross to Gordon, who rolled it in.

Kelly VanHee chimed in with a run up the right side, going near post to start the second half. The Huskies next struck off a set piece ” a corner kick from Ammaturo to Kayla Telles. Not to be left out, Emily LyBarger ripped the net on a nice feed from Seibert.

Battle Mountain moved to 5-0 overall and 4-0 in the 4A Slope. Since the Huskies have been off for spring break. Steamboat Springs (6-1-1) has passed them in the league standings. The Huskies will have a challenge Tuesday when they host Glenwood Springs at Freedom Park at 3 p.m.

“They lost to Steamboat, 2-1, in overtime,” Cope said. “It should be a good one.”

Saints top VMS

EAST VAIL ” Vail Christian, you do have a soccer team, really.

The Saints will finally be making their home debut Tuesday ” one week after their scheduled opener was snowed out ” when they host Rangely at Freedom Park in Edwards at 3 p.m.

And Vail Christian is coming home with a 2-2 record after defeating Vail Mountain, 1-0, at Bandoni Alumni Field Saturday.

Kelly Bowles scored in the 27th minute and the goal stood as the Saints bounced back nicely from a one-sided loss at Aspen earlier in the week.

“It was great,” Saints coach Barbara Wilson said. “The defense was just solid. They talked, passed and worked the ball really well.”

The Saints had 17 shots on goal and allowed only six, giving goalie Dakota Francis a much more mellow day between the pipes than she had against Aspen.

Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 748-2934 or cfreud@vaildaily.com.


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