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Ready or not: Huskies win, 2-0

Preston Utley/Vail Daily Nicole Penwill, left, of Battle Mountain breaks away from a Summit defender to score the Huskies first goal in their 2-0 victory over the Tigers of Summit Thursday in Edwards.
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EDWARDS – The Battle Mountain girls soccer team ended its pregame huddle with the rap song “We ready.”Ready they were. The Huskies came out and blanked Summit, 2-0, Thursday at Freedom Park in the season opener for both teams.”We blasted it through the stereos and came out ready to play,” said Battle Mountain’s Allison O’Neill, who had a goal and an assist. “We were ready for this season.”Nicole Penwill, from O’Neill, scored in the 21st minute.

“Nicole has come a long way this season,” O’Neill said. “She played a little varsity last year and she really stepped up this year. She finished it. That’s what we need this year. We need someone who can finish balls.”O’Neill added some insurance in the 49th, courtesy of Emily LyBarger, a freshman who looks like she could be in for a big season.”One of the things we wanted to see was that goal scoring is still a question mark for us,” Huskies coach David Cope said. “Do we have players who can score goals? One of the things we talked about was making sure our chances were on target. I thought we did really well with that.”And that concept kept Tigers goalie Whitney Degerberg busy all afternoon.

“The two goals that were scored, she couldn’t stop either of them,” Summit coach Dirk Parmley said. “Whitney did awesome and she’s only a sophomore, so we are really psyched to have her.”Though the outcome wasn’t what Parmley would have liked, he thinks his Tigers have potential in 2005.”I think it was awesome,” he said. “I think the girls took out of it that they can hang with anybody. The first 10 to 15 minutes, I think we looked at Battle Mountain and saw they were bigger and taller than us and were slightly intimidated. Once we got into the game, both of the goals that they scored were off of mental mistakes we had made. There’s nothing big we need to work on, just a couple of small things.”Summit is at Rifle today at 3 p.m. Battle Mountain hosts Eagle Valley in Edwards Tuesday at 3 p.m. in the 4A Slope opener for both teams.

“The girls know some of the girls,” Cope said. “We tied, 2-2, last year. It’s a local darby. We don’t have any grand illusions about it. We know they’re going to play the game of our lives and we hope the girls will play well enough to come out on top.”Rest assured both teams will be ready for that darby.Just for kicks: The Summit game was Battle Mountain’s only nonconference game of the regular season. “You like to get a win against another league, so when it comes down to the end, the seeding committee in all its wisdom,” said Cope with his voice trailing off. That having been said, since Battle Mountain beat Summit, you can put the Huskies in the No. 16 spot and the Tigers No. 13 in the state tournament. … Gionbottiglio (It’s never Joe Smith), the statue for player of the match went to O’Neill. “The bag,” given to the player who carries the team defensively, went to Morgan Wallace. … Props to the boys soccer team as well as the hockey team who camped out on the south end of the field with a grill. That bunch included Chris “Don’t call me Karl Eklund” Gavin.Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 614 or cfreud@vaildaily.com.Vail, Colorado


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