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Loving the feeling, Huskies boot Moffat

On the bus ride back, somewhere near Oak Creek on Highway 131, the Huskies broke into the Righteous Brothers’ “You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling.”

“Awful,” Huskies coach David Cope said with a laugh. “It’s all led by Beau Beckley and Kyle Madison.”

Happily, the Huskies play better than they sing. Battle Mountain opened its league slate Tuesday afternoon with a 3-2 win over a much-improved Moffat team.



“They’re pretty decent,” Cope said. “I think that they’re going to knock a few people off in league.”

For a while, Battle Mountain appeared headed in that direction. The Bulldogs took a 1-0 lead just two minutes into the first half. The Huskies answered at the 21-minute mark. On a free kick, Roberto Alcaras fired a cross from the left side to Harrison Brown, whose shot was blocked. But Juan Barragon was there for the rebound to tie the game.



Alcaras to Barragon would become a familiar refrain with eight minutes left in the half. Down 2-1, the two hooked up again to tie the game. Barragon finished with two goals, while Alcaras ended up with a trio of assists.

The game-winner came 13 minutes into the second half on a run started by senior Ryan Phillips. He got the ball to Alcaras, who crossed it to Raul Chavarria for a 3-2 win and three points in the standings to start the year.

“Three points in league away from home,” Cope said. “The fact that we were down twice in an evening and came twice is a good feeling.”



The Huskies will look to keep the good vibes going Saturday against Palisade at 11 a.m. in Eagle-Vail.


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