Huskies stun Cheyenne Mountain
EDWARDS – It was a good night of football all around.
While Battle Mountain’s American football team pounded the heck out of Glenwood Springs, what most of the world would call Battle Mountain’s football team – read soccer squad – put on a show against No. 5-ranked Cheyenne Mountain Friday night, upsetting the Indians, 4-2.
Heivan Garcia smashed a volley off a corner kick into the back of the Indians’ net in the 74th minute, capping a comeback from a 2-0 deficit. Broby Leeds added insurance late as the Huskies celebrated one of their most significant victories in years.
For the trivia buffs in the audience, the last time the Huskies got points from Cheyenne Mountain was in Round 2 of the 2005 4A state playoffs – a 3-1 triumph over at Freedom Park, and it had been all Indians since to the tune of five-straight years. (We’ll give you some time to remember who scored those Battle Mountain goals.)
That capped a big bounce-back week for the Huskies (6-1-2 overall and 3-1-1 in the Western Slope). After a lackluster draw against Glenwood Springs here last week, the Huskies paid back the Demons with a 2-1 win at Stubler Memorial Field, Battle Mountain’s traditional house of horrors. Friday night’s win is even bigger. Though it’s not a league win, the victory establishes Battle Mountain’s credentials in the state, especially with an eye toward the postseason.
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The Huskies are now 1-0-1 against squads in The Denver Post’s 4A top 10. (Battle Mountain also has a draw against Montrose.)
Cheyenne Mountain came out like a house on fire, scoring twice in the first 11 minutes. The Indians’ Mikchael Thilenius fed Christian Cornejo, who drilled a laser into the left panel past Huskies’ keeper Christian Espinoza. Minutes later, it was Cheyenne Mountain’s Connor Stout for a 2-0 lead.
But a funny thing happened on the way to an easy Indians’ win. The Huskies responded. Nick Vossler got his second goal in as many nights. He scored on a header from a perfect pass from Bryan Aubel. Then it was Garcia’s turn with the equalizer in the 28th minute.
The Huskies return to league play Monday with a home game against Palisade at 6 p.m.