Huskies take serious hit, then win
EDWARDS – Battle Mountain girls soccer won one and lost one Thursday against Summit.The Huskies had no trouble with the visiting Tigers – playing one of their best halves of the season – dispatching Summit, 6-0. However, before the game in warmups, goalie Kaeli Hosler tore ligaments in her left ankle and is likely done for the rest of the season.The Huskies’ Marisa Ammaturo had a goal and three assists, one of those going to fellow freshman Lizzie Seibert, while senior Kelsey Sanders rang up a hat trick and finished the game with a save in net. But news of Hosler’s injury put a damper on Battle Mountain’s sixth win in a row.”It was just a freak accident, and she tore her ligaments in both sides of her (left) ankle,” Huskies coach David Cope said. “She’s most likely done for the rest of the year, unless we go very, very far, which we hope to.”It’s tough on the girls. Kaeli has so many friends on the team. That’s the toughest thing. The girls want to make sure we still have her on trips and at the games and on the bench as part of the team.”Cope got the news during the second half and told the team after. He passed his cell phone around to players, who talked to Hosler, who was at the hospital.”She’s definitely a big part of our team,” Sanders said.
GulpSanders got a taste of what Hosler and fellow goalie Kori Landauer see. After Battle Mountain quickly took care of the competitive portion of the game with Summit and Sanders scored in the second half for her hat trick, she got a break.It was not a long break, as Cope subbed in Sanders for Landauer. “It’s quite scary, but we’ve got a solid defense with the starters and a deep bench,” Sanders said. “I know I can trust whoever’s out there on defense.”Summit got its only shot on goal of the game against Sanders, but the senior made the save. After the game, it was hard to tell whether she was more excited about her hat trick or the save.”I was scared out of my mind, but I tried to be confident,” she said.’Freshmen rock’Battle Mountain (6-0) jumped all over the Tigers (2-5), putting up five goals in the first half.
“It was funny because (Huskies assistant coach) Jen Davin had some sharp words with them before the start of the game about complacency,” Cope said. “Certainly, we didn’t show any complacency.”Sanders scored, followed by Julia Burnett. The highlight-reel goal came from a very positive sign for Battle Mountain. Ammaturo served a beautiful ball from the right side into the box. Seibert got her head on the cross and ripped the twine.With Ammaturo, who scored Battle Mountain’s fourth goal, notching three assists from the outside-midfield position, the Huskies showed that they are playing disciplined soccer, regardless of the caliber of the opponent.”We’re trying to work it up and take it to the end line and center it in on a slant,” Ammaturo said. “It’s easier to get it in that way. It’s important that we stay consistent.”In fact, three-fifths of Battle Mountain’s midfield were freshmen Thursday with Madelyne LyBarger getting another start and an assist.”Freshmen rock,” Sanders said. “This is probably the best game I’ve seen (Ammaturo) play. I’m proud of her.””Those girls are growing every week in terms of speed of play, decision-making and the way they fit in with other girls,” Cope said. “They’re being welcomed in by the group. That’s a great compliment to our senior girls. Our senior girls are showing so much class and maturity.”Steps and a statement
For Summit, Thursday’s game was a tough one, but Tigers coach Stephanie Johnson sees her charges making progress.”I’m very proud of how they played,” she said. “They played really strong defense. Obviously, the score didn’t show it, but we’ve been working on different things in our defense, and we came together in this game. I’m also proud of the way they played with class. They kept going to every single ball. They had a lot of heart.”Summit, which plays pretty much all of its games on the road, returns to the Jeffco League with a trip to Jefferson Tuesday.Meanwhile for Battle Mountain, Thursday’s game against Summit was its only foray out of the 4A Western Slope – 14 of the Huskies’ 15 regular-season matches are league games.”You need it to be a statement game, and I think it was,” Cope said. “I don’t think the Jeffco League can look at us and think we’re a weak team, whatever happens the rest of the way. We wish Summit luck. Summit’s a great team for us to play – boys or girls. It’s a community much like us. It’s a good-spirited rivalry.”Just for kicksBattle Mountain heads to Rifle Saturday at 11 a.m. … The Huskies have moved up to the No. 7 spot in the state rankings. This is only relevant inasmuch as it reminds the seeding committee come May of the Huskies’ presence. … Battle Mountain’s postponed game at Delta has been rescheduled for May 1. … Gianbottiglio went to Gladys Solis as the Solis twins (Tanya) celebrated their 18th birthdays. Hanna Guida picked up the Defensive Rock for filling in for Kelly VanHee, who left the game with shin splints. … In other Slope action, Delta beat Eagle Valley, 5-1, Tuesday. The Devils host Steamboat today. … England beat Andorra, 3-0, in Euro 2008 qualifying, making Cope a happy camper, except for one thing. “Poor Wayne Rooney hasn’t scored a goal (for England) since the 2004 European Championships against Croatia. And I was there,” Cope said of his journey to Portugal three years ago. “I think what England needs to do to solve all his problems is buy me some plane tickets. I’m happy to go.” Commendable public service, Cope.Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 748-2934 or firstname.lastname@example.org.