Huskies subdue Scorpions
COLORADO SPRINGS – Wins sometimes make coaches nervous. From the beginning of Thursdays game against Sand Creek, the Huskies had a lead, but coach Dave Cope was still a bit uncomfortable.In the 78th minute, however, Cope and the rest of the Huskies could breath a bit easier thanks to an insurance goal by Gustavo Bronfield. Battle Mountain won, 2-0, and moves to 3-0 overall.”We were control the whole time, but you don’t like that margin of error of a 1-0 lead,” Cope said. “One goof up or one back call, and it could be a draw.”Just like they did on Tuesday against Rifle, Battle Mountain pounced on Sand Creek and scored a quick goal.Joel Gonzales made a pass to Edgar Hernandez who scored his second goal in two games.”We got off to a flying start after five minutes and thought we might score a bunch of goals,” Cope said. “Our wheels were spinning for a while, and we created chances, but we couldn’t finish.”
Whereas on Tuesday almost every ball off the foot of a Battle Mountain player made its way to the net, on Thursday, the ball seemed to have reverse magnetism towards the net.”You know, we knocked the ball around well and played well through two-thirds of the field, but we put balls off target all night,” said Cope.Defense shinesSand Creek had few scoring chances thanks to the solid Battle Mountain backfield.After sitting out most of the Rifle game with an injury, Connor Drumm played well, staving off the attack of the Sand Creek forwards. When Connor or the rest of the Huskies’ defense wasn’t able to prevent shots on net, goalie Josh Ruark was there.Ruark had two saves on the night and tacked on another 90 minutes to his shutout streak that spans across three games.
“The man-of-the-match award went to Josh,” Cope said. “Nobody else really stepped up and earned it.”All of the ball possession paid off for the Huskies late in the game on Bronfield’s goal. On a corner kick, Tyler Cole booted the ball into the Sand Creek box. The Scorpions goalie was unable to control the ball, and Bronfield used his chest to knock the ball into the net.In the victory, Cope says the team could have played better.”It’s one of those things where if you struggle and you still grind out a win, it’s a good thing,” Cope said.Time change for HomecomingThis Saturday the Huskies take on Palisade at home. The game was scheduled for 6 p.m. under the lights at the football field, but it will be played at 4 p.m. on the soccer field instead.
“I felt like we needed to play in the comfortable environment of our field,” Cope said. “I walked the football field today, and I didn’t have a good feeling.”Not only is the football field narrower than the soccer field, but with a football game on Friday, the surface of the football field may be a chopped up.At Sand Creek, the Huskies had some trouble on the narrow field.”Players were over hitting crosses and getting into awkward positioning,” Cope said. “Once we got into the 18-yard box, we struggled.”Battle Creek will have to adjust to narrow fields after Homecoming when they travel to Rifle and Glenwood later this season.Sports writer Ian Cropp can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 608, or via firstname.lastname@example.org.Vail, Colorado