Sanders, Huskies crush Glenwood Springs, 5-0
GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” With fast legs and crisp passes, Battle Mountain forwards converted five out of six breakaway opportunities to beat the Glenwood Springs girls’ soccer team, 5-0, on Tuesday.
“(Battle Mountain) is a very good team. It’s hard because on their opportunities, they scored and we had some opportunities and we didn’t,” said Glenwood coach Linda Flohr. “We had a couple mental lapses in there. It’s hard because they end up 1-on-1 and that is such a difficult situation. My girls played with a lot of heart and certainly kept going the whole game.”
Demons defender Tobie Rippy did everything she could to try and prevent the shutout, firing seven free kicks at the Huskies’ goal, three of which hit the crossbar.
“Who honestly hits the crossbar three times,” Rippy said with a smile on her face. “Bad luck.”
The senior has scored on situations like that numerous times throughout her career at Glenwood, but the balls just couldn’t find their way into the goal on Tuesday.
“She’s got a great leg,” Flohr said of Rippy. “She had a lot of opportunities and they were all so close and right on.”
Huskies forward Kelsey Sanders scored three goals for Battle Mountain, two of which were assisted by Julia Burnett, who also scored a goal of her own.
“I think there is a really good connection between Kelsey and Julia,” said Battle Mountain head coach David Cope. “Kelsey’s dynamic, and when people come and pay her a lot of attention, Julia is able to pick up the slack ” so it is a great partnership between the two of them.”
Midfielder Stephany Walker added the other goal for Battle Mountain. The Huskies’ front attack very well together as one would bringing the ball up the sideline, drawing in the defense, and then finding another teammate in the middle of the field. With guiding passes, Battle Mountain was left with multiple 1-on-1s.
“(The forwards) have a nice understanding between each other ” that’s something we talked a lot about because I think Glenwood defends well as far as pushing up the field and Tobie Rippy is a really good player,” Cope said. “The idea was if we could draw attention to one of the forwards, then we could play to the other forward. I thought Tobie battled hard, but it was difficult for her back there.”
The defensive efforts of Rippy and teammate Ali Brown were key in limiting the number of Huskies’ goals to five.
Demon goalkeeper Anna Kulweic made five saves in the game, including an impressive 1-on-1 deflection that Cassie Brickwell kicked out of bounds. Kaity Plath and Kori Landauer combined for six saves as goalies for Battle Mountain.
Battle Mountain (3-0-1 in the 4A Slope an 4-0-1 overall) is at Delta Thursday, followed by a road date with Palisade Friday.