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Huskies soccer peppers Delta; Palisade next

DELTA – Everybody to the Olive Garden.That was the order of business for Battle Mountain girls soccer after its 6-2 pounding of Delta Thursday.Julia Burnett had a hat trick – OK, everyone in Huskies Soccer Nation, you know what to say – while Kelsey Sanders, Stephany Walker and Kate Van Hee had one each. With the win, Battle Mountain pulled into a first-place tie with Steamboat Springs at 4-0-1 in the 4A Slope. The two teams tied, 1-1, in March in their first meeting.”We thought it was not too bad,” said Huskies coach David Cope, who was about to chow down on some pasta with the team. “Steamboat allowed three goals to Delta. We gave up two. Steamboat let in one against Glenwood. We shut them out.”Cope was referring to the Slope tiebreaker – goals against within the league – if the Huskies and Sailors end up with identical 12-0-2 records. Though that’s a long way away, Battle Mountain picked up its second road win of the week by jumping on the Panthers with four goals in the first 17 minutes.A themeTwo minutes in, Sanders fed Burnett for goal No. 1. Emily LyBarger to Sanders made it 2-0 after five minutes. Sanders to Burnett in the 15th and Sanders to Burnett in the 17th put the Huskies up 4-0.”That was becoming a theme,” Cope joked.Delta’s Stephanie Spor scored at 21 minutes.”It was a little disconcerting because that happened with our starting group in,” Cope said. “But she’s a good player, very explosive.”Battle Mountain iced things in the second half with a nice goal on a set piece. Van Hee blasted a corner kick into Walker who deftly used her right foot to slam the ball home.”Everybody was pumped about that. Stephany was rumored only to have a left foot, and she scored with her right,” Cope joked.Stephany, feel free to give Cope a love tap with your right foot to reinforce its prowess. Walker returned the favor to Van Hee bypassing an easy goal against Delta’s beaten keeper in favor of an unselfish pass to No. 10., who did the honors.Most pleasing to Cope is the balance the Huskies are displaying offensively.”Lots of good things are happening,” Cope said. “Our attacking group is well-balanced. Jules has already doubled her goals from last year with 10. Kelsey has nine and she had 16 all of last year. Kate and Steph didn’t score last year, and they both have three. Emily’s becoming the play maker. Christy Madison can score. Our two young goalkeepers (Kaity Plath and Kori Landauer) are solid. We’re pretty happy with it.”And the winners are …Gianbottiglio went to Walker. The Necklace for creativity is around MacKenzie Stevens’ neck. Sydney Nichols earned The Bag for her defensive play.Battle Mountain (5-0-1) overall is at Palisade today for a 4 p.m. tilt. Two notes for the faithful – this is a schedule change. The Huskies spent Thursday night out west to avoid making two trips down Interstate 70. Also, today’s game is not at Canyon View, the usual site for Palisade games, but at the Peach Bowl adjacent to the pool.”Show up early and bring your bathing suit,” Cope joked.Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 14630 or cfreud@vaildaily.com.Vail, Colorado


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