Three Huskies named all-league, two honorably mentioned
EAGLE-VAIL – One of the keys to Battle Mountain girls soccer’s success in 2005 was its mix of veterans and youngsters.The Slope acknowledged that in all-league voting, the results of which were announced at the Huskies awards banquet Monday night.Seniors Allison O’Neill and Liz Gladitsch and freshman Emily LyBarger made all-league. Sophomore Kelsey Sanders and junior Morgan Wallace made honorable mention. Not surprisingly, Steamboat Springs’ Rob Bohlmann won Coach of the Year honors and Kelly Labor was the Player of the Year for the second straight year.A look at the Huskies selections:O’Neill: No surprise here. She was the team’s leading scorer by points with 11 goals and 10 helpers. She was also the emotional leader of the team.”She pushes people to reach a higher level and she loves the sport,” Huskies coach David Cope said. “She trains year round so hard. We’ve asked her to do a lot of things for our team and she did them.”Gladitsch: Cope calls her “quite simply the best defender in our league,” and who are we to argue? Nothing went through No. 3 this year. She also expanded her game, being employed on offense in set plays, even scoring a goal.”She just has so many defensive assets,” Cope said. “She uses her head well. She is superb 1-on-1. Twice in the (second) Steamboat game, Kelly Labor was in and Liz stopped her. It was the same thing with (Delta’s) Stephanie Spohrer (who scored 20 goals, but none against Battle Mountain).”LyBarger: Youth was served as the freshman was selected. LyBarger didn’t play like a freshman this year with eight goals and five assists. Cope can talk up his players but not vote for them at the selection meeting.”Rob Bohlmann was like, ‘That kid’s a player.'” Cope said. “And when the best coach in the league says that, you’re selected.”All in all, it wasn’t too bad a of a freshman year for LyBarger. She was the center fielder for Eagle Valley softball, the point guard for the Huskies and the soccer team’s center midfielder.Sanders: Definitely worthy of all-league, but there are only so many spots. ‘Dash’ had 16 goals and four assists and “was money when it counted,” according to Cope. Her two goals in a 2-0 win at Glenwood Springs are just one sign of that. Although it didn’t factor in on the balloting, Sanders also had four of the Huskies’ five goals in the postseason, including the game winner against Thomas Jefferson.”She’s a great inspiration. She started the season on (junior varsity),” Cope said. “She worked hard to move herself onto the varsity team. Either that, or the coach is an idiot.”We’ll give you a pass, Cope.Wallace: Another nod to Battle Mountain’s backline, which was stout all year along with Christina Harrison, who unfortunately was not honored.”I think Morgan was maybe our most skillful player, cheeky, if you want to use an English term,” Cope said. “She’s vocal in back and organized our team.”Snubs: The Huskies only got five spots and as such there are those who go without honors. Harrison, as mentioned before, definitely deserved a nod, as did defensive midfielder Christie Madison. Goalies Alexis Guinn and Killion Hunn played well, but splitting time in net likely spoiled their chances. Cope also was very appreciative of Kate Van Hee and Stephany Walker, who likely covered more territory than any other player.Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 614, or email@example.com.Vail Colorado
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