That was pretty good, Huskies soccer, but …
The Huskies ripped Steamboat Springs, 5-0, on the road Tuesday night.
For those of us who have actually known a world before Battle Mountain soccer was good, this is really hurt the brain in a good way. (When the earth was sill cooling and the dinosaurs roamed the planet back in the mid-1990s, the Sailors pretty much used the Huskies as a punching bag. Battle Mountain went 11 years from 1992-2003 without ever beating Steamboat.)
Steamboat is usually the team by which all things Battle Mountain soccer are measured, so we know the Huskies are a good team. The question is, “How good?” Luke Graham, the reporter for the Steamboat Pilot who covered Tuesday’s game, was positively glowing about the Huskies in his story.
The honest answer is that we don’t know. We are all of three games into the season, and, yep, that includes two good wins (Tuesday and Montrose). The Huskies are all of one-fifth through the regular season. You are not the greatest thing since sliced bread … yet.
You make your mark in the playoffs, and the only way to be in a position to do so is to play the each game – every single one – with the joy for the sport we know this group has and the talent we think this team might have.
I saw the Huskies obliterate Palisade, 9-1, last week. The takeaway was the fourth goal, scored by Joe LyBarger. Battle Mountain could of scored the goal with an ordinary through-ball, but Gunnar Wilson made a beautiful overlapping run down the right side to serve the ball into LyBarger.
That’s how a good team becomes special. Playing like that is the goal. The rest will sort itself out.
Other news and notes from the world of preps sports.
• Heivan Garcia: Dude, it’s really OK to score goals in regular-season games other than those against Steamboat Springs and Cheyenne Mountain. Cope and I were joking after the Palisade game, in which the senior didn’t score, that he would go off on Steamboat.
• Scoring against Glenwood Springs might be a good idea. The Huskies are at Stubler tonight. Just a thought, Heivan.
• I know it was the Battle Mountain Invitational, but good for Eagle Valley cross country winning the boys’ side. The Devils had five in the top 11. Also well done to Brandon Sheard and Carson McQueeney. These two didn’t score, but, by cracking the top 25, they pushed everyone else’s scores up.
• If you haven’t seen the Eagle Valley cross country team, go watch them Saturday morning at the Gypsum Creek Golf Course.
• Welcome back to varsity, Maggie Gilman.
• I really find it amusing that Battle Mountain cross country coach Rob Parish “crushed” his team in practice before the Huskies’ home meet. Let the crushing continue. (I can say this because I’m not in practice. Easy for me.)
• Hi, I’m Ethan Ellsworth, and I grew this summer and I’m taking it out on opposing offenses. Now, I wonder, do the Saints do full contact in practice? If so, does that mean sibling tackling?
• Another name I wrote down a lot at the Vail Christian-Rocky Mountain Lutheran football game was Gunnar Hamina. The defensive end was in on a lot last week. This is probably the first time I’ve had two Gunnars in one column.
• Eagle Valley finally gets to play a volleyball game today. Who knew? Go get Glenwood Springs. Happy season opener. In other news, Battle Mountain volleyball opens Slope play again Summit County today in Farmer’s Korner. Still don’t know why Korner is spelled that way and still getting used to the Tigers being a conference opponent.
• Seen The Denver Post 3A football poll this week? Rifle and Palisade are ranked 1-2. About time the 3A Slope got some love. … Around the Slope, Steamboat Springs finally snapped a 22-game losing streak, beating Summit, 21-19, last week. … Eagle Valley’s win over Cedaredge is looking better as we go. The Bruins have won two straight since losing to the Devils, 32-6.
• Devils football is at Delta this week. The Pathers are 1-1 with a win over Gunnison and a loss to Montrose. Make it 3-0, guys.
Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934 or firstname.lastname@example.org.