Huskies soccer ends season with 4-0 loss to Golden
ARVADA ” It was a game and that’s all for which the Huskies could ask.
Seeded 25th, Battle Mountain girls soccer was a decided underdog in the first round of the state playoffs against Golden. And given the Huskies’ outings against other top-10 teams like Wheat Ridge and Valor Christian, one worried what this one might be like.
It took Golden until the 38th minute to break through against Battle Mountain on its way to 4-0 win Tuesday and a berth in the second round at the North Area Athletic Complex in Arvada.
“I think we played really well in the first half,” senior Kayla Telles said. “If they have that many offensive chance, they’re bound to score. But we definitely belonged there. We made it a game.”
Golden’s Nicolette DiGiacomo had a hat trick for the Demons, who eliminated the Huskies from the postseason for the third time in five years.
“It showed the kids made a ton of progress from the Valor Christian Tournament at the start of the season to the end,” said Huskies coach David Cope, whose team lost to No. 6 Valor Christian, 9-0, in March. “We overcame a lot of adversity. We didn’t have Maddie LyBarger for three games. We lost Josie Tuthill for half the season. The thing our group can be proud of is their response to adversity.”
Battle Mountain finishes the season with an 8-8 mark against a much more difficult schedule than in years past.
The Huskies did their best to hold off Golden, but the Demons wore them down in the second half. Cope was able to take off each one of his seniors ” Telles, Nicole Frye, Miriah Jones, Kylee Gilbert and Carrie Wild ” for a curtain call in front of the faithful who made the trip down to Arvada.
Most tellingly, when Telles went off, she handed her captain’s arm band to junior LyBarger, likely signaling a changing of the guard.
“First of all, I’m sad that it’s over,” Jones said. “I only played three years, but it went by fast. But now that it’s over, I think we accomplished more than we could have ever hoped for. It was cool to make it to the playoffs with a great group of people.”
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