Huskies soccer sweeps Glenwood on Senior Night
EDWARDS — That is what is called a 2-for-1.
With a 6-1 win against Glenwood Springs, Battle Mountain girls soccer knocked off two items from its 2015 “to-do” list.
Said items would be sweeping the season series from the rival Demons — the Huskies lost at Glenwood last spring — and completing the league slate at a perfect 12-0.
Done and done.
And they did it on Senior Night.
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“This is an incredible senior class, three league titles and making the playoffs all four years,” Huskies head coach David Cope said. “For them to be in on the bulk of the scoring tonight was great. This is a legendary class.”
And two of them got surprise starts on Senior Night. Morgan Croke normally starts, however, she is down with the flu. She started, played a few minutes and promptly went home to go to bed. (Smart young lady.)
Melisa Lopez, who had the goal against Palisade in 2013 that started a run of three league titles, also got the coach’s nod. Lopez has been out all year with a torn ACL but got to go out on the pitch.
And then the seniors went off. Senior Logan Nash had a hat trick. Senior Acacia Ortiz had a hat trick of assists. Senior Molly Phannenstiel added two goals of her own.
Nash had the opening two, the first from Jordan Denning and the second on a penalty kick.
Ortiz to Phannenstiel gave the Huskies a 3-1 lead at the break. Ortiz to No. 13 gave Nash the hat trick in the second half. Then, the underclassmen had a moment with Mallory Skidmore to Avery Weaver for the latter’s first varsity goal.
“Just to remind us that there is a future,” Cope joked. “A sophomore to a freshman, we like that.”
Back to the seniors, Ortiz got her third assist, helping Phannenstiel to her second. An interesting note here is that Phannenstiel is the only senior to have played four full years with the Huskies’ varsity. Remember that Nash missed her sophomore year with an ACL injury and Ortiz, another likely name for this honor, spent her freshman year at the Vail Mountain School.
The 2015 Battle Mountain senior soccer class is Zoe Laughlin, Kota Sloniker, Tabor Whitney, Rachel Ledon, Phannenstiel, Ortiz, Julia Mills, Lopez, Croke and Nash.
Battle Mountain upped its record to 13-1 and will get a playoff rehearsal today when it hosts No. 1-ranked Evergreen. The Huskies hold down the No. 8 spot in the CHSAA Poll.
There is, of course, a wee bit of history between the two schools in both the fall and spring. Evergreen’s boys knocked Battle Mountain out of the playoffs three years in a row from 2009-2011. The Huskies got the ultimate revenge in 2012, eliminating the Cougars on Evergreen’s pitch on penalty kicks — thank you, Christian Espinoza — in the state quarterfinals as Battle Mountain went on to win the state title.
And, the gents also had Evergreen’s number last fall as Creek Kamby scored in a 1-0 win during the regular season. On the other end of the spectrum, Evergreen knocked the Huskies out of the playoffs three years ago when this year’s seniors were freshmen.
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