No sleeping allowed: Huskies upset Palisade
EDWARDS — Reports of Battle Mountain’s soccer’s demise were perhaps premature.
The Huskies made it two in a row with a double-overtime win, toppling league-leader Palisade, 3-2, in Edwards on Saturday.
“Don’t sleep on the Huskies,” Battle Mountain coach David Cope said.
Starting is overrated
On Thursday at Glenwood Springs, Sarah Cotton and Brogran Murray came off the bench to score the Huskies’ first goal. On Saturday, Avery Weaver came off the bench and scored on a free kick in the 17th minute for a 1-0 lead.
“It’s making my decisions harder, which is a good thing,” Cope said, as a coach always wants competition within a squad for playing time.
Palisade (3-1 overall and in the Slope) scored in 50th and the 52nd and that looked like it might send the Huskies reeling. But after an 0-5 start, Battle Mountain is showing resilience. In the 74th minute, Palisade was whistled for a handball in the box, and Cotton was cooler than the other side of the pillow, going low and right for the equalizer.
Huskies keeper Jordan Glendenning made a great save late to keep it level and got some help from a goalie’s best friend — Palisade clanked one off the post.
In the second overtime, Gitte LeWare to Audrey Teague on a breakaway sent Battle Mountain home happy.
“We continue to have faith in the group and in each other,” Cope said. “We haven’t played badly. It’s been a combination of luck and maybe not being as good as some teams, but we haven’t been played off the park. The D’Evelyn game was the only game we lost by more than a goal and we were in that in the second half.”
In the case of politics and high school sports making for strange bedfellows, Eagle Valley was rooting for the Huskies on Saturday as the result pulled the Devils into a first-place tie in the loss column with Palisade.
As a side note, give it up to Harry Sandell, father of Eagle Valley defender Rose Sandell, for making the call on Thursday that Battle Mountain would pull the upset.
And, ironically, Battle Mountain’s next game is a rematch with the Devils in Gypsum on Thursday at 6 p.m.
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