Huskies win and ask, ‘Who’s going No. 1?’ |

Huskies win and ask, ‘Who’s going No. 1?’

EDWARDS – Today is Draft Day for Battle Mountain girls’ soccer.The team’s seven seniors will divide themselves into four teams – we know that’s mathematically impossible, but these girls are pretty good with a record of 8-0-1 overall after Thursday’s 7-2 thumping of Palisade – and pick players for today’s 7-on-7 scrimmages in practice.Speculation was rampant after the Palisade game as to whom was going to go No. 1. Reggie Bush? Matt Leinhart?”Probably Jules or Kelsey,” Christy Madison said. Those would definitely be wise choices as Julia Burnett had another hat trick and Kelsey Sanders racked up a goal and two assists of her own against the Bulldogs.”There may be a sleeper pick in there with (Emily) LyBarger,” Huskies coach David Cope said. “There may be a preference for a goalkeeper. It’s a deep draft.”As for TV coverage?”I think it will be broadcast live on ESPN4, but only at 1 a.m,” Cope joked.The Huskies continued to keep things light, running their 4A Slope mark to 7-0-1 with an easy win at Freedom Park. The key for Battle Mountain is to stay focused on Saturday’s 11 a.m. tilt against Delta and Monday’s game with Rifle, both in Edwards, before Tuesday’s showdown at Steamboat Springs, a contest likely for the Slope title.”We have a responsibility to show respect for the game, for the opponents, the officials and ourselves by approaching all the games in the same manner,” Cope said. “As so many coaching books talk about, you can’t just turn on and off the concentration switch. You’re either always focused and always ready to play at a high level or you’re not.””Right now we’re just going to take it one game at a time. We’ve got Delta and we’ve got Rifle,” said Madison, who had a goal and two assists against Palisade. “We’re going to put our best players out there and try to get our plays together and get ready for the rest of the season.”The Huskies rolled out to a 4-0 lead in the first half behind markers from Sanders, Madison, Burnett and LyBarger before Palisade got on the board with a goal from Chambry Brouton. Sanders fed Burnett twice, followed by a penalty kick from Stephany Walker.The last goal was soccer justice after Walker has just clanked one off the crossbar.”Steph deserved that goal after hitting the crossbar,” Cope said. “You never know. Those PKs could become important going into the playoffs in selecting which five players we want to have take them.”With a comfortable margin early, Cope flushed his bench and handed out postgame kudos to Kelsey Plath, Kendall Wilson, Kaeli Hosler, McKenzie Stevens, Caroline Gallegos, Laura Hamrick, Katie Denton and Hannah Guida.”It’s amazing to know that we have so many players with so much potential,” Madison said. “The team’s going to go a long way for a long time. It gives us great confidence, that if one of our starters gets hurt, we’ve got an amazing backup who’s ready to stand in there and take over.”In postgame awards, Gianbottiglio went to Walker; Madison got The Chain (previously The Necklace for creativity) and Kate Van Hee earned The Bag for her defense.Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 14630 or Vail, Colorado

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