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Huskies take one step closer to playoffs

There was only one disappointment in Battle Mountain soccer’s 4-1 win at Palisade Tuesday.

“We played well, but the biggest disappointment is we were up, 4-0, and didn’t get the shutout,” Huskies coach David Cope said. “We were trying to shut them out because we haven’t gotten a shutout all year. We were talking about how it doesn’t matter how many more goals we score. We wanted to concentrate on defense.”

Well, in every soccer season, a little rain must fall. The Bulldogs scored late to break up goalie Joel Gonzales’ bid for perfection.



The Huskies, nevertheless, helped themselves with three big points in the 4A Slope race. Battle Mountain is 6-4 with 18 points, while Delta, which beat Glenwood, 3-2, is at 5-5-1 for 16 points in the battle for the third and final 4A Slope playoff berth.

The Huskies host Steamboat Thursday at 4 p.m. and then travel to Glenwood, which was eliminated Tuesday. On Saturday, Delta is at Rifle, and the Bears will be playing for a conference crown.



So, the schedule is favorable for the Huskies, who need just one point in their final two tilts to clinch a postseason spot.

Battle Mountain dominated all the way against hapless Palisade. In the fifth minute, Andy Banner, playing at right midfield, crossed the ball to Ivan Ordonez, who slotted it into the lower, left corner.

The two reversed roles later in the first half. Ordonez received the ball in the center and found Banner, coming in from the right. Banner crushed the ball into the net for a 2-0 lead.



In the second half, it was more of Ordonez to Banner, as the latter beat the Palisade goalie one-on-one on a breakaway. For those scoring at home, that’s 10 goals for Banner this season.

“Last year’s team. with all the success they had, they didn’t have a 10-goal scorer,” Copse said. “So, that’s something he should be proud of.”

Edgar Hernandez from Chris Gavin wrapped things for Battle Mountain.

The Huskies host Steamboat Thursday, and the Sailors are definitely on Battle Mountain’s mind.

“We’re gearing up for Steamboat. It was really a subdued reaction after the game,” Cope said. “We need a point to get in. We’d like three or four. A win over Steamboat would clinch and be a nice statement to the seeding committee.”

Devils tie CRMS 1-1

The Colorado Rocky Mountain School has been a thorn in the side of the local 3A Slope teams in 2003.

Earlier in the season, CRMS delivered the Vail Mountain School a tough loss, which will likely cost the Gore Rangers in postseason seeding. And, Tuesday, the Oysters did the same to Eagle Valley with a 1-1 tie in Carbondale.

The Devils stand at 4-4-1 after the tie. The good news is that Eagle Valley will likely settle into the third spot in the league, which means a home game in the state-seeding round against Tri-Peaks No. 3. The bad news is that the tie likely cost the Devils a chance at the No. 2-spot, and a bye through the state-seeding rounds.

“We wanted a bye through to the state playoffs,” Devils coach Brian Large said. “I don’t how to pinpoint it. (CRMS) always gives us a good game, and we always keep them in the game. They put together some good passes, but we were the better team. I felt we were a bit rushed. I think we lost our composure.

“We lacked our ability to win those 50-50 balls. But hats off to CRMS.”

The host Oysters took the lead in the first half. But Eagle Valley, surprise, surprise, responded with a goal from Tommy Migchelbrink. After Paige Mickley was dragged down in the box, Eagle Valley got the direct kick. Migchelbrink knew what to do, grounding his shot into the right corner.

Goalie Ross Herr stopped a CRMS penalty kick later in the game, one of many exceptional saves the junior made Tuesday.

Eagle Valley wraps the regular season Saturday at Roaring Fork at 11 a.m.

DeBeque upsets VMS spikers

Don’t hand the 1A Mountain League title to the Vail Mountain School just yet.

DeBeque topped VMS, previously undefeated in the league, in five games Friday. Both teams sit with one loss in the league, which means that the Gore Rangers are big Vail Christian fans right about now. The Saints host DeBeque, Oct. 18, and that could be an opportunity to break the tie.

“It was just one of those nights. We weren’t quite in synch,” VMS coach. “We played well at times, but when it snowballed, it really snowballed.”

VMS hosts Ouray Saturday at 3 p.m.

Chris Freud is the sports editor of the Vail Daily. He can be reached at (970) 949-0555, ext. 614 or via cfreud@vaildaily.com.


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