Huskies win league opener over Demons
It was Family Feud Battle Mountain-style when Huskies girls soccer hosted Glenwood Springs in the 4A Slope season opener.
The younger sisters of Battle Mountain boys soccer alums scored all three goals – Keegan Garnsey (Mac), Christy Madison (Kyle) and Heidi Lauterbach (Steffan) – as the Huskies cruised to a 3-0 win.
“I think there might be a little sibling rivalry going on,” said Huskies coach David Cope, who now leads both soccer teams at Battle Mountain. “I think they’re trying to one-up their brothers. I’d have to go back into the record books to see, if in one day, they obliterated all their brothers’ records. Keegan has three (goals) this year and Mac was a defender, so I’m pretty sure she’s caught Mac.”
Family differences aside, it was also a big win for Battle Mountain. The Huskies have not beaten Glenwood since the program moved up to Class 4A.
“If we’re going to consider ourselves one of the top teams in the league, Glenwood is going to a be one of those teams we have to beat,” Cope said. “That was what we were talking to the girls about after the game. ‘Let’s not shoot for the middle of the conference. Let’s set our sights high.'”
Battle Mountain’s Achilles heel this season has been corner kicks, but it was a corner kick that generated a Glenwood hand ball in the box. Garnsey took the direct and buried it in the lower left corner in the 22nd minute.
At the 54-minute mark, Lauterbach threw the ball into Allison O’Neill in the box. She crossed it. Glenwood got a partial clear, but Madison corralled it and fired a 22-yarder through traffic for a 2-0 lead.
Lauren Arnold started Battle Mountain’s final goal with a beautiful pass that cut through Glenwood’s offsides trap to Lauterbach. Lauterbach ran onto the ball and slotted it in the lower left corner.
For Arnold, the assist was a nice reward for an excellent game. Cope was effusive in his praise for the midfielder who constantly won 50-50 balls, sustained possession and distributed the ball well all day for the Huskies.
Also stepping up to the plate was Christina Harrison, who came up from junior varsity, to play on the backline after Kate Van Hee hurt her ankle in warmups. Harrison along with Garnsey and Brittany Peterson did a nice job in back to help goalie Alexis Guinn come up with the shutout.
Next up for Battle Mountain (1-2-1 overall and 1-0 in the 4A Slope) is a road game against Moffat on March 30.
VMS bows to Aspen
Vail Mountain girls soccer experienced everything from A to Z Saturday afternoon in its 5-2 loss to Aspen.
The A was Alexis Sandra Farquhar, all of 9 weeks old, who was attending her first soccer game with mom, Emily, and dad, VMS athletics director Jamie Farquhar.
The Z was Z Warren who scored VMS’ first goal of the season and assisted Courtney Robinso on her score along with Cassidy Deline for the Gore Rangers’ second goal.
Unfortunately, in between A to Z was a lot of Aspen. The visiting Skiers got two goals from Alex Bethel and one each from Katrina Devore, and Taylor Buzbee. Aspen’s fifth goal was an own goal from VMS.
Nevertheless, VMS coach Bob Bandoni was pleased with his team’s effort.
“After our last two games, we focused on trying to maintain a more effective possession,” he said. “We made some changes and you could see the results. It’s probably the most productive we’ve been in the attack this season. If we are measuring this one in terms of possession, then we really are a better team now than we were coming out of our last game.”
VMS (0-3) heads to CRMS on April 1.
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