Tuesday’s preps wrap: Huskies, Vail Mountain, Devils soccer and Vail Christian volleyball
FARMER’S KORNER — Cope did it again.
This is long-running joke with Huskies soccer coach David Cope, his family and Battle Mountain soccer fans.
Stop subbing in everyone, Cope, for the love of everything holy.
Battle Mountain built a 4-0 lead on Tuesday night before host Summit County scored three against Cope’s substitutions for a-little-more-dramatic-than-it-needed-to-be 4-3 win against the Tigers.
“Jim was ready to kill me,” Cope said of assistant coach Jim Glendining. “It was kind of funny.”
However harrowing it may be at the time, there is a reason Cope does this.
“I think one of the things that has helped our consistency is that we put kids into pressure situations, sometime before they’re ready,” the coach said. “It helps them get ready. We started 10 seniors tonight. The juniors behind them are going to be starters next year, and there’s no way to replicate the intensity of trying to defend a one-goal lead with five minutes left. That’s the method behind the madness, if any.”
Nineteen straight postseason appearances, 10 league titles and two state-final appearances seem to back Cope up on that count. More concrete evidence is that the Huskies graduated 14 seniors from last fall’s team that went 17-3, and is now 5-1 with a pretty new crew.
Jorge Membreno from Jesus Dozal started the proceedings. Membreno to Ike Petrik had Huskies fans yelling, “I like Ike.” Membreno to Juan Macias made it 3-0 at the half.
Although it was a 3-0 game, it’s worth noting that goalie Alan Villegas had two big saves, parrying one shot over the bar and stopping a Summit breakaway.
Blake Moller to Macias as the latter being fouled moved the lead to 4-0.
It is somewhat unlikely that Huskies fans will see mass substitutions on Friday when Battle Mountain is at The Classical Academy. TCA may ring a bell as the Titans beat the Huskies twice last season, including 7-1 in the state final.
In fact, TCA has won all five meetings in the series.
“Not often in our program can our kids do something unprecedented,” Cope said. “Usually, someone has done it before. Friday is one of those moments. We haven’t beaten TCA. That excites them. It’s also a game between the No. 3 and No. 6(-ranked) teams in the state.”
VMS wins league opener
Vail Mountain School soccer won its 3A Slope opener on Tuesday afternoon, blanking Moffat County, 3-0, up in Craig.
Yes, the Gore Rangers have beaten Aspen already and play the first of two against Basalt on Saturday, but when teams meet twice in a season, it’s the second match that counts toward the table.
Nathan Rouad scored twice and Henry Strauch added the third, making for a nice bus trip home.
“It was really positive in terms of working on what we’re trying to do,” VMS coach Alex Darbut said. “We’re understanding each other more as a team and increasing the technical play of our game.”
VMS (2-3 overall and 1-0 in the 3A Slope) is at Basalt for its final nonconference game of the season.
Sailors sink Devils
Eagle Valley soccer dropped a 3-1 decision at Steamboat Springs.
The Devils fell to 2-3 overall and 1-2 in the 4A Slope.
The good news is that Eagle Valley gets some home cooking for the rest of the week. The Devils host Glenwood Springs on Thursday.
Soroco sweeps Saints
The Vail Christian volleyball team saw its struggles continues with a 25-18, 25-20, 25-20 loss at Soroco on Tuesday night.
In fairness, the Saints, who are looking for their first win of the season, are a very young squad this fall.
Vail Christian is at DeBeque on Saturday.