Huskies soccer, Eagle Valley spikers both beat Rifle
RIFLE — Battle Mountain soccer was not a happy crew and the Huskies had nine days to think about it.
So nine days after a 2-1 overtime loss at Eagle Valley, Battle Mountain took out its frustrations on Rifle with an 8-1 win on Thursday on the road.
“We had time to stew on the loss and two weeks (sic) to prepare and make themselves better and ready to play,” Huskies coach Ali Bender said.
Madame Bender was filling in for David Cope, who was in Provo, Utah, to take in Southern Methodist University women’s soccer playing Bringham Young. Apparently, he knows one of SMU’s midfielders.
In true Cope spirit, Bender noted that the Huskies had eight different goals from eight different players.
Cody Bahan, Miles Joersz, Creek Kamby, David Barajas, Brandon Rodriguez, Juan Macias, Mauricio Castillo and Javier Garcia scored.
All but Garcia’s goal came in the first half. While Battle Mountain should put a team like Rifle away, the last two goals were fun ones.
“Mauricio had an ACL injury at the end of last year,” Bender said. “He’s still working his was back from that, so we’re happy for him. Javier’s a senior and been with us for four years. That’s how it’s supposed to work, and it’s awesome he scored.”
Macias had three assists and Bahan two.
Battle Mountain (2-1 overall, 1-1 in the Slope) finally gets to wear its white kits when it has its home opener on Saturday against Palisade.
Devils win at Lakota
NEW CASTLE — Eagle Valley golf, for some reason, didn’t beat Rifle on Wednesday.
But the Devils did win the Coal Ridge Invitational at Lakota Canyon, so they get a pass.
Eagle Valley won with 233 strokes, seven ahead of the Vail Mountain School.
The Devils’ Michael Barrett blew away the field with a 5-under 67. Teammates Tanner Calderola and Talon Adair carded scores of 76 and 90, respectively.
Tucker Thomas was VMS’ low scorer with a 79.
Devils spikers sweep
RIFLE — Beating Rifle was a theme on Thursday.
Eagle Valley volleyball took care of the Bears, 25-8, 25-7, 25-8, in its Slope opener.
“It was really nice,” Devils coach Jackie Rindy said. “Everyone on the bench got to play and got a lot of playing time. They all did well.”
Postgame coaching kudos went to Alyssa Ortega for her serving and passing. Ellie Lubbers was big on the front row. Emma Lassa, though normally a starter, got a turn a serving and ripped off seven points in a row.
Eagle Valley (5-2, 1-0) has a moderately anticipated match on Tuesday at Battle Mountain.
“We’ve been focused on the attitude of ‘We can’t make mistakes,’” Rindy said. “In this rivalry game, neither team usually plays well and it always goes five (games). We need to play good volleyball and take care of our jobs.”
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