Huskies soccer takes Summit
EDWARDS — Is Battle Mountain soccer back? Did they go anywhere in the first place?
After an early season overtime loss at Eagle Valley, which caused great angst in the Battle Mountain camp, the Huskies have won three in a row, capped by a 4-3 thriller over Summit County on Tuesday night in Edwards.
One third of the way through the season, Battle Mountain is 4-1 overall and 3-1 in the 4A Slope, not exactly chopped liver.
“I think the boys have trained hard since then,” Huskies coach David Cope said. “They beat a good team tonight, and that’s the second good team they’ve beaten this year. (Vail Mountain School)’s going to win a lot of games.”
The first sound you just heard was Cope’s brain calculating rating-percentage index, or RPI, which is the new qualifying system for the postseason. Cope was also playing the game of transitivity — Valor Christian beat Summit, 2-0, and the Huskies just beat the latter.
As interesting as that all is, Battle Mountain can only control what’s on the field and it took care of business on Tuesday.
Tackling the Tigers
The Huskies scored twice on corner kicks against the Tigers and got a third off an indirect kick. That’s something to file away — Battle Mountain has good size for those situations.
Cody Bahan started it with a corner kick into the box. Juan Macias corralled it and flicked it off to Taylor Staughton for a 1-0 lead. The Huskies continued to create good chances, but couldn’t find that second goal. That’s a worrisome situation because when you don’t cash in on your opportunities, the other team usually gets one chance and equalizes.
And that’s just what happened when Summit got a penalty kick.
After Brandon Rodriguez got crunched at the top of the box, play restarted with an indirect kick. Bahan to Miles Joersz’s head made it 2-1.
Tied 2-2 in the second half, freshman Danny Barajas had two assists in the course of just five minutes. The first was a corner kick to Macias. Goalie Alan Villegas started the fourth goal with a long kick to Barajas, who cut inside. Efren Ortega overlapped to the outside, and got a sweet pass from Barajas. Ortega cut along the end line and roofed it himself.
Here comes TCA
And now one-third of the way through the regular season, the Huskies get their next measuring-stick game as No. 5-ranked The Classical Academy comes to town. It’s Friday Night Lights at 7 against the two time state runner-up. The Titans have beaten the Huskies the last two years in this nonconference tilt.
Since both No. 1 Cheyenne Mountain and No. 2 Air Academy lost on Tuesday night, the Huskies know it’s possible to topple a Titan.
Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934, firstname.lastname@example.org and @cfreud.
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