Huskies top Demons; Steamboat tonight
Vail, CO Colorado
EDWARDS – “If you haven’t seen these group of boys play yet, come to the game Thursday, cause this is a team that will be talked about for a long time,” said Battle Mountain soccer coach David Cope.
That they will, coach Cope, cause on Tuesday night, the Battle Mountain Huskies won 6-1 against the Glenwood Demons in Edwards, coming off Brandon Osorio’s two goals and one assist.
Last year, when the Huskies played the Demons at home, they tied, 1-1. The Huskies wanted this game badly.
Midway through the game, the Huskies were awarded a penalty kick after one of the Demons’ players touched the ball with his hand. To come take the penalty kick was sophomore outside defender Osorio, who was looking for his first varsity goal of the season, which he got by burying the ball in the back of the net.
“I was nervous,” said Osorio. “It was my first chance at getting a varsity goal, so I could feel the pressure.”
Later in the first half, Osorio got a another chance at goal as he struck the ball from 30 yards out, burying it in the top part of the net. Following Osorio’s goal, Gunnar Wilson, the other outside defender, was able to put the ball in the goal, coming off a Joe LyBarger assist.
Midway into the second half LyBarger hit the back of the net on a Broby Leeds assist. After LyBarger’s goal, he’s now tied with Fort Morgan’s Esteban Millan, for the 4A scoring lead, according to The Denver Post.
In the closing minutes of the game, junior Alexis Robles was able to notch a goal, his first varsity goal and then Leeds hit the back of the net coming from Osorio.
“We have to continue to play for each other, rather than for ourselves,” Cope said. “It seemed like in that first 20 minutes everyone was trying to get a goal, and we have to remember that our team is about passing the ball real well. When we pass the ball well, it opens up chances, so its important in these league games that we keep passing the ball. It’s really exciting to see guys come off the bench and score goals.”
Even though it was a loss for the Demons, coach Steve White still had some positive things about the game.
“We respect them, we really do believe that they are the best soccer team in the state of Colorado,” said White. “We need to raise our game to this level against every opponent. So we knew that we needed to come in here and play a solid game. We always play to win. We knew they had the advantage over us, but we played them well and I’m happy with the way we played.”
Midway through the second half Glenwood’s Mats Rosen was able to beat the Battle Mountain goal keeper right after the LyBarger goal, sparking some energy in the Demons.
Both teams have their Homecoming games tonight as the Glenwood (2-7 overall and 1-5 in league) host Palisade and the Battle Mountain (10-0 and 8-0 league) hosts Steamboat Springs at 6.