Huskies win soccer opener
Vail, CO Colorado
FARMER’S KORNER, Colorado – Only hours after Summit County’s new artificial field was finished, the Tigers soccer team definitely didn’t have to wait long to play its first game on it.
The Tigers will have to wait a bit longer for their first win, though.
Battle Mountain High School opened up a close game with keys goals in the second half Thursday, in a season-opening 4-0 win over the Tigers at the brand-new Climax Molybdenum Field at Tiger Stadium.
“It definitely wasn’t what we expected,” Summit senior defender Nick Adolph said of his team’s first game at “The Mine.” “I don’t know if it was the pressure of the first game, or the new field, but I think it was just nerves that got to us a little bit. We just weren’t ready for it.”
For Battle Mountain, the decisive win was exactly for what the team had hoped.
“We know that Summit’s a good team, they had a great season last year,” Huskies coach David Cope said. “We always enjoy this rivalry, and this beautiful new facility, we were excited to play here. … I was really pleased. I thought we were solid.”
Battle Mountain received goals from four different players on the night and received some timely plays from its defense as well.
“Anytime you have four different goal scorers, that shows some real nice balance to your team,” Cope added.
The Tigers controlled much of the play in the first half, jumping all over the Huskies from the opening kickoff.
Only three minutes into the contest, the Tigers’ Turner Colvin fed his brother, Taylor, on a throw-in from the right side of the Huskies’ zone. Taylor Colvin just missed on the shot, sailing it off the fingertips of Battle Mountain’s Clint Hervert.
The Huskies took the lead, though, after a funny bounce at midfield helped the ball squeak through the Summit defense. Huskies junior Jack Sunderland tracked down the loose ball and chipped it past the Tigers’ charging keeper.
When the teams came back out for the second half, the momentum had certainly changed. Battle Mountain senior Ubaldo Trujillo put Battle Mountain up 2-0, when he drilled a shot from the left side of the box and into the back of the net.
From there on, Battle Mountain cruised to the win.
“We withstood some early pressure, and we possessed the ball very well,” Cope said of his team. “Summit’s a very athletic team, and we had to play a little faster than we did at the beginning of the game. We turned it around, and it helped.”
The Tigers struggled to gain any strong scoring chances in the second half, with the majority of their possessions ending with turnovers.
“If you get behind against a team like Battle Mountain, you’re running around after them, and you don’t have the energy then for offense,” Summit coach Matt Zeiset said. “If you can smack the ball around, and let the ball do the work for you … that’s the way to play. We didn’t do that.”
The Huskies wound up adding two goals in the final five minutes from freshman Joe LyBarger and senior Jorge Rojas scored their first varsity markers.
The artificial surface was finished up around noon on Thursday, just barely in time for the 4 p.m. start of the game.
Battle Mountain (1-0) opens up 4A Slope play at Palisade on Thursday.