Huskies speed past Summit County, 7-1, in Edwards
EDWARDS, Colorado ” Battle Mountain freshman Haille Hogfeldt knows what it’s like to get three. She popped her fair share of 3-pointers this winter for the girls basketball team.
But three goals in a game in soccer? That’s different.
“I think a hat trick in soccer is more (significant) because it’s lot harder to score a goal than a basket,” Hogfeldt said. “They’re a lot rarer. It’s cool.”
Hogfeldt’s hat trick and flurry of Battle Mountain offense led the Huskies to a 7-1 win Thursday afternoon against Summit County in nonconference play at Freedom Park in Edwards.
Having not played since a 7-0 win against Eagle Valley one week ago, Huskies coach David Cope was pleased with his team’s more-polished look.
“A little bit more possession and some good finishing,” the coach said. “I love that we had four different goal-scorers in the first half. We’re seeing both of our outside midfielders getting involved in the play a lot, which is really good. Kayla (Telles) and Haille both played really well today.”
Summit, which unlike Battle Mountain, does not have a turf field upon which to practice and play, got a when high note Chelsey Rybak fed Hannah Banks for a late goal.
“Our girls worked really hard today. It’s nice that they got a goal,” Tigers coach Tommy Gogolen said. “We do work hard every practice. It’s tough practicing without a field. We lost about nine graduating starting seniors. It’s tough. We definitely have a lot of work ahead of us, but those girls have good spirits and they work hard for me, which is great.”
‘She can play soccer’
Battle Mountain’s Josie Tuthill started with the scoring with a corner kick which was perfectly wrapped around the right post for a 1-0 lead. Huskies center-midfielder Erin Barker, better known for her volleyball skills, showed that he is starting to assert herself in her new role, finding the right corner of the net, courtesy of a pass from Telles.
“She can play soccer,” Cope said. “I think she’s starting to have confidence to make decisions on the ball and not be so simple. The thing I like is that she’s also willing to shoot. She took a couple other shots which were good ones.”
Lizzie Seibert quickly got in on the action with her fourth goal of the season. Hogfeldt rang up the next three for the Huskies, and two of them were the result of fine runs down the right side and solid strikes from the flank.
“When you pick a freshman for the starting lineup, that’s a bit of a risk,” Cope said. “The kid has to go out there and justify her selection and she certainly did today.”
Telles had the Huskies’ final tally before Summit scored.
Battle Mountain (2-0) returns to Slope play with a 10 a.m. game Saturday against Delta, while Summit (1-3) opens its Jeffco slate at Arvada today.
Devils fall at Montrose
MONTROSE ” A three-hour bus ride and having a team which has made the state playoffs the last three springs waiting for Eagle Valley did not bode well for Devils girls soccer Thursday.
The host Indians knocked off Eagle Valley, 8-0, in nonleague action.
While Eagle Valley coach Francois Nanin said that “it was a step back,” after last week’s game against Battle Mountain, his team could learn from the experience.
“The good thing, compared to last year, is that we didn’t give up physically,” Nanin said. “What was difficult was seeing the girls coming off the bus. Montrose, Battle Mountain and Steamboat are the best teams in the (region), and teams near Grand Junction can practice outside, but that’s no justification. We didn’t play with intensity.”
Despite the lopsided score, Nanin handed out postgame kudos to Anika Sandberg, Sydni Schlegel, Pearl Nanin, Jaclyn Taylor and Nicole Eisenmann for their play.
The Devils (0-2) will try to get their first win of the season when they host Moffat County Saturday at 11 a.m. in Gypsum.
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