No trick to it: Huskies romp, 7-0
EDWARDS – Former Battle Mountain girls’ soccer coach Hillary Fiveash is probably frowning in Reno, Nev. If her successor, Kate O’Connor, weren’t so obsessed with honing her golf game, she’d be furious.And current coach David Cope’s Easter is probably spoiled, too.No Battle Mountain soccer player had a hat trick in Saturday’s 7-0 rout of Delta at Freedom Park in Edwards. But come to think of it, the way the season has been going for Battle Mountain, it’s probably more of “a tremendous accomplishment at any level” for the Huskies’ booters not to have a hat trick in a game this season. Saturday was only the second game this season – a 1-1 tie against Steamboat Springs being the other – that the Huskies (8-0-1 in the Slope and 9-0-1 overall) haven’t had a trifecta.Well, a little “adversity” now and then is a good thing. Instead of three spots, Battle Mountain got two goals each from Kelsey Sanders, Julia Burnett and Kelly Bowles along with one from Erika Ghent and that did the trick as the Huskies completed another three-win week.
“The first half was one of our best showings of the year,” Cope said. “The passing was really balanced and really quick. We were playing the ball to our feet. We had our younger players come off the bench at the end of half, and the level stayed high.”Almost threeBurnett all but had her hat trick. With two goals already in the bank she had beaten the Delta keeper and had the open net, but she was fouled in the box. Normally, Burnett, who’s automatic in these situations, would have taken the penalty kick. But she deferred to teammate Bowles, who had not scored this season. Bowles rook advantage of the opportunity and scored again, courtesy of Kate Van Hee.”It’s nice. God is good,” Bowles said. “Jules let me take the kick. I was a little surprised. It was really sweet of her. We worked so well together.”
Speaking of working well together, it was Burnett to Sanders to start the game, and Sanders to Burnett for Battle Mountain’s sixth.”It was our obligatory Burnett to Sanders or Sanders to Burnett,” Cope joked.Stephany Walker hooked up with Sanders to make it 2-0 within five minutes. Sanders also assisted Ghent to make it 4-0.Two good signsBattle Mountain’s best goal of the day was its third.
“It was classic,” Cope said. “We’ve been talking about countering quickly, or if that doesn’t happen, trying to hold onto the ball longer. This was eight-nine passes.”At the end of it, Van Hee booted the ball out wide to Stephany Walker on the end line. Walker to Burnett finish the beauty.This style of goal will be important for the Huskies when they face Steamboat on Tuesday. The Huskies can simply outrun most teams in the Slope to score, but against the defending league champs such excellent possession will be key.Cope was also very happy with the shutout. While no game, except for Steamboat, has been close, the Huskies have leaked a goal or two on the defensive end. Saturday, Battle Mountain was rock solid against Delta’s dynamo scorer Stephanie Spor. Christy Madison, Morgan Wallace and Kelly Van Hee in back, followed by Caroline Gallegos and Laura Hamrick, buttoned everything up. Goalies Kaity Plath and Kori Landauer teamed up for the shutout.Battle Mountain hosts Rifle Monday at 4 p.m. in its final regular season home game, with Steamboat looming on the road Tuesday.”Those are two big games,” Cope said. “Rifle is very good athletically, very physical, and they usually come right at you. It’s going to be a challenge for our girls.”
Just for kicksJamie Lee Roberts broke her wrist in the JV game Thursday against Palisade but was back on the sidelines Saturday, cheering her teammates on. … Other health news: Ghent’s knee is healing up and Sanders is recovering from the flu nicely. … Burnett has 21 goals on the season, and Sanders has 19. The school record is 24, held by Christina Aiello, set in 1999. … With Bowles’ goals, Battle Mountain has 14 different players who have scored this year. … Awards: The Bag stayed in the Van Hee family, going from Kate to Kelly. Bowles took possession of Gianbottiglio, and Ghent won The Chain.Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 14630 ,or email@example.com.