Huskies win, 8-0 |

Huskies win, 8-0

PALISADE – The eight goals on Battle Mountain soccer’s ledger were nice Tuesday. More important was the zero on Palisade’s.After giving up six goals in three games last week, the Huskies goal was to put up a goose egg against the Bulldogs.Mission accomplished.”That’s what we worked on in training Monday,” said Huskies coach David Cope, whose team moved to 7-0 in the 4A Slope and 9-0 overall. “We were working on a little more cooperation and getting the defense to communicate. As with any relationship, it’s based on communication.”While the defense was talking the offense was practically shouting with its actions.Tyler Cole served the ball from the top of the box and Joel Gonzales ran onto it in the 18th minute and buried his shot. Edgar Hernandez scored his first of a hat trick on a helper from Gonzales. Isaac Anderson fed Casey Kleisinger next and then Kleisinger set up Hernandez for a 4-0 first-half lead.In the second half, it was more of the same. Tony Seibert to Gustavo Bronfield made it 5-0 in the 55th. The Huskies got a little preview of hockey season when Derek Byron assisted Kleisinger. In the 71st, Jose Pavon to Hernandez gave the latter his third. And as all Huskies soccer fans know, “a trick at any level is a tremendous accomplishment,” as Cope has been known to say a few times during his coaching career.Pavon recorded his second assist at the end of the game, finding Cole for the Huskies’ final marker of the day.The Huskies finish their road trip with a big one at Rifle, always a tough place to play, Thursday at 4 p.m.Apples, anyone? VMS winsPAONIA – The great burgh of Paonia is known for its apples, as the Paonia kid and Vail Mountain head soccer coach, Bob Bandoni, well knows. The VMS soccer team received a bucket of those fine Paonia apples Tuesday and then promptly returned the favor by dropping four goals in the final 15 minutes on the Eagle to overcome a 3-2 deficit for a 6-3 win.”It was really challenging conditions in the fine emerald city of Paonia,” said Bandoni, who is known for his love of the heart of the North Fork. “There was rain. There was sleet. It was quite exciting.”VMS’ Tony Ryerson and Tucker Shelden scored in the first half as the two teams were tied at two. Down 3-2, like the Chicago White Sox, VMS exploded. Max Avery scored twice and assisted on his corner kick to David DeLine. Reuben Saucedo also scored.VMS, 3-2-1 in the 3A Slope and 6-4-1, hosts Basalt Thursday at The Bob. Sports editor Chris Freud can be reached at 949-0555 or via Vail, Colorado

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