Huskies, VMS soccer get big wins
Welcome to crunch time.
The soccer season has flown by and every point now is precious, more valuable than gold, when it comes to making the playoffs.
Both Battle Mountain and Vail Mountain had huge wins Tuesday, which took both squads one step closer to the postseason.
Huskies take out Delta
When the Huskies hosted Delta, it was pretty much a playoff game – and the Huskies won the “must-win” game, 3-2, over the visiting Panthers, completing a crucial season sweep.
“It’s huge,” Huskies coach David Cope said. “Delta was really our only rival for third place (the final postseason berth), and that puts us three points ahead of them, and we have the tiebreaker, and a game in hand.”
Set plays have been a concern for the Huskies this week in practice and the work paid off as Battle Mountain scored its first goal on a free kick. From the left, Julio Garcia served the ball, and Andy Banner ran onto it and slammed it home.
Late in the first half, Garcia had a wicked curve shot, which eluded the Delta goalie for a 2-1 lead at the half.
Garcia was also in on the Huskies’ third goal. He played the ball into Banner. Banner cracked a shot, which was stopped, but Ivan Ordonez was there for the putback. Delta scored late on a free kick.
Two things are next on the Huskies’ agenda. With the Huskies sitting at 5-3 in league, first, is scoreboard-watching. Rifle (7-1) hosts Steamboat (7-1) today. The loser of that game will be within one game of the Huskies, reachable, if Battle Mountain takes care of its own business.
Speaking of which, Battle Mountain hosts the Bears, under the lights of Huskies Stadium, Saturday at 7 p.m.
“The win against Delta really allows us to look at Rifle and Steamboat,” Cope said. “One of them is going to take a loss, and we have them both at home (in the last week of the season). We could be competing for the second spot, so that sets up a big game Saturday.”
VMS shucks Oysters
The walking wounded, also known as the Vail Mountain soccer team, took a big step toward orange, the postseason in East Vail-lingo, by downing the Colorado Rocky Mountain School, 3-1, Tuesday.
Without Sylvan Ellefson and Tyler Kjesbo, the Gore Rangers still managed to up their league mark to 5-3, going into a huge game today at The Bob in East Vail against Eagle Valley. Kickoff is at 4 p.m.
While the injuries mount, the good news is that VMS still had Patrick Scanlan Tuesday. He had two, nice goals on assists from Howdy Tuthill and Casey Kleisinger. Max Avery concluded the scoring with an unassisted goal.
VMS coach Bob Bandoni was more gregarious than usual in handing out the compliments after the game. He was pleased with Ian Talbot, who provided a steady presence in the middle, as well as Sebastian Faessler, who had some good scoring opportunities, and Blake Higgins.
“We made some adjustments in the second half,” Bandoni said. “We were playing too fast in the final third. One of our concerns going into the game was implementing halftime changes, and I felt that we accomplished that. It was 0-0 at the half and 3-1 at the end of the game. I view that as a positive accomplishment.”
Chris Freud is the sports editor for the Vail Daily. Contact him at (970) 949-0555, ext. 614 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.