TCA downs Huskies, 4-1
EDWARDS — It seemingly happened in a blink of an eye.
Battle Mountain soccer was competing with The Classical Academy, the No. 3-ranked team in the state, and then it wasn’t.
The visiting Titans ripped off three goals in three minutes in the middle of the first half on their way to a 4-1 win against the Huskies on Friday afternoon in Edwards.
“Between the penalty areas, we were fairly even with them,” Huskies coach David Cope said. “I thought we stood toe to toe, and I was proud of our approach. I think in both penalty areas, there were critical mistakes. There were one or two chances where we could have scored and didn’t. And we only gave them three of four chances, and they capitalized. That’s what good teams do.”
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The Titans (3-1) were lethal in those situations on Friday. Anders Carlsen struck twice within a minute and then it was Titus Grant’s turn and TCA led 3-0.
In fairness to Battle Mountain, TCA does this to a lot of teams. The Titans went 19-1 last season, their only loss in the 4A title game to state-champion Air Academy.
The Huskies did regroup at the half and applied pressure on the Titans. Yidam Macias scored out of jailbreak in front of TCA’s net in the 53rd minute.
However, TCA’s Jaden Borgia countered three minutes later, stifling any hopes of a Battle Mountain (3-2) comeback.
It’s hard for local fans to get a read on Huskies soccer because the team has played two games in Eagle County and lost both of them, one to a rising Eagle Valley squad in Gypsum and Friday’s tilt against one of the state powers.
The Huskies start the bulk of league play with a road game against Palisade on Thursday.
“I think cause for optimism is that we are very good on the ball.” Cope said. “We’re very good at keeping the ball. We’re very good at running off the ball. In games where we have more of the ball, we’re going to have a ton of chances. The question for us in a game where we’re under a bit of pressure, ‘Can we close down spaces in the penalty area, so we’re not giving teams a chance to score?’ We’re very close to being a very good team.”
Run, Chase, run
Senior Chase Keep saw significant time on defense during Friday’s soccer game, and that was just the start of it for him.
The soccer team broke from its postgame meeting at 3:20 p.m., which meant Keep had all of one hour and 10 minutes to relax before he had to report to the football team.
Keep is doing double-duty again this fall with both types of football. Logistically, he had to change locker rooms, add pads and change from white home uniforms to black ones for Friday night’s rivalry game against Eagle Valley.
Keep got to keep his No. 23, which he wears in both sports. He kicks and plays wide receiver and corner back for the football team with pads and a helmet.
As for his 70-minute break?
“I hope I can fall asleep,” he joked.
Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934, firstname.lastname@example.org and @cfreud.
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Jeff Shiffrin, with his wife, Eileen, made the Vail area their home decades ago, and together raised Mikaela and Taylor Shiffrin, who was a member of the two-time NCAA Champion University of Denver Ski Team.