Shocker: Summit County edges Battle Mountain
EDWARDS — As the saying goes, “possession is nine-tenths of the law,” and it usually goes a long way toward winning a soccer game.
But that was not the case on Friday night, as Summit County upset Battle Mountain, 2-1, in Edwards.
“This is fantastic. This is a big, big night for Summit soccer,” Tigers coach Tommy Gogolen said. “Our girls have been working hard for years. They showed the belief tonight, and it’s a huge win. Battle Mountain is a fantastic team and they’re well coached. Our girls brought it tonight.”
And all credit to Summit. The object of the game is to score more goals than other team. However, Battle Mountain can be forgiven for being a bit stunned after dominating the possession and flow of the game, and hitting the post three times during one minute late in the second half.
“We had every bit of the game,” Huskies coach David Cope said. “That’s the beauty of the sport. Sometimes, a team can hang on and ride their luck a little bit. You score two goals, you can win a game. You’ve got to hand it to Summit. They came out and attacked and got an early goal in both halves.”
Summit County (1-2 overall and 1-1 in the 4A Slope) got the early edge when Piper Kunst fed Tanner McCann for a 1-0 lead. Battle Mountain settled down and started knocking the ball around nicely, possessing the ball.
In the 32nd minute, Skye Whitney got the equalizer and it seemed like a matter of time that the Huskies (0-3, 0-1) would take control.
The bottom line, though, was that the Tigers capitalized on their chances, though vastly sparser in number. Summit opened the second half with another quick strike with Violet Heisler setting up Kunst for what would be the game winner.
“I definitely think Battle Mountain had better possession than us, but Tommy’s always told us, ‘Pass quickly and make it a fast game,’” Kunst said. “So when Violet gave me the ball, I knew I should goal to goal.”
And just like the first half, the Huskies made the field tilt, but simply could not find the equalizer.
And while the season is still young, an 0-3 start is a cause for mild concern for the Huskies. In fairness, two of Battle Mountain’s losses are to Wheat Ridge and D’Evelyn and the team did just about everything it could against the Tigers.
That said, the Huskies need a win and their next game is up at Steamboat Springs on Tuesday.
“In every measure but the scoreboard, we made progress today,” Cope said. “You just have to keep looking at it as you keep moving forward. We created a ton of chances today, which is progress for us. I actually thought we defended well. We kept the ball. With those ingredients, you should win more than you will lose.”
Meanwhile, the Tigers are home for Conifer on Monday.
Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934, firstname.lastname@example.org and @cfreud.