Huskies soccer gets its revenge against Titans
SILT — Take that.
Battle Mountain girls soccer got its long-awaited revenge against Coal Ridge on Thursday, doubling up the previously undefeated Titans, 4-2, in Silt.
“We’ve been waiting two weeks to play this game,” said Huskies coach David Cope of spring break. “But in a lot of ways, we had been waiting a year for this one.”
The 2013 spring edition of Battle Mountain soccer hit rock bottom with a 2-1 home loss to the Titans. That defeat seemed like it might have knocked the Huskies out of the state playoffs, had not the team rallied for wins against Glenwood Springs and Palisade in the league playoffs.
Thursday’s win, in fact, locked up a berth in the postseason for the 11-1 Huskies.
Battle Mountain trailed for only the second and third times this season as Coal Ridge took leads of 1-0 and 2-1 in the first half.
Emily Cope to Logan Nash on a breakaway accounted for the Huskies’ first-half goal. Two fun notes here: First, Nash didn’t play against Coal Ridge last season (ACL), and she would be a factor. Also, Battle Mountain finished Wednesday’s practice with a breakaway finishing drill, which the juniors won. In a related development, all four of Battle Mountain’s scores were breakaways, finished by the Class of 2015.
The Huskies took control of the second half from the start with Morgan Croke to Nash. Next it was Acacia Ortiz to Nash for the hat trick.
The Titans figured out that Nash was pretty good, so three Coal Ridge defenders collapsed on her late in the half. Nash dished the ball out to Ortiz and she finished for the final goal.
“It was a big win for the group,” Davis Cope said. “We hadn’t scored an equalizer, so that was good. To come back twice is really important. The rest of our games are against good teams. We need to have the mindset that if we fall behind, it’s not a problem.”
Coal Ridge entered the game with a perfect 13-0 mark. The Titans are ranked No. 4 in the 3A CHSAA poll. The Huskies, who are No. 6 in 4A, host Silver Creek at 5 p.m. on Saturday.
Devils down Bears
Lauren Thorpe scored twice and Mariel Gutierrez added another as Eagle Valley girls soccer rang up a 3-1 win at Rifle on Thursday afternoon.
“It’s excellent to beat Rifle,” Devils coach Stephen Baxter said. “Their field is challenging. The ball takes a different bounce every time. It was a good, competitive game for us. We have Glenwood tomorrow, so our focus is turning a 5-2 loss (earlier in the season) into a win of some form.”
Tonight is Senior Night for the Devils (4-8 overall and 3-7 in the 4A Slope). Kickoff is at 6 p.m.
CRMS tops Saints
Vail Christian soccer lost a tough one at the Colorado Rocky Mountain School, 2-0, in Carbondale on Thursday afternoon.
To add insult to more injury, sophomore Emma Haynes suffered a knee injury during the game. While the extent of Haynes’ injury is unknown, the Saints have already lost two sophomores — Canyon Baker and Julia Vlaar to ACL tears.
Vail Christian is at Roaring Fork on Saturday.
Devils lax bows to Summit
Eagle Valley boys lacrosse was very competitive in an 8-6 loss to Summit County in Farmer’s Korner on Thursday.
“Our boys played really well and fought hard,” Devils coach Ted Boddy said. “As a coach at this point in the season, I don’t think you can expect more than the opposing coach to come up to you after the game and say, ‘You’re a lot better of a team than your record indicates.’”
The Tigers knew the Devils’ Johnny Bailey was coming, and prepared accordingly. Bailey did score once, but that approach forced Eagle Valley to diversify its scoring.
Give it up for defenseman Lane Smith, who had his first varsity goal. Mike Ramunno, Jared Salaz, Quinn McCord and Sammy Adams found the net for the Devils.
Eagle Valley (2-11) is at Grand Junction on Tuesday.
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