Vail Valley preps: Battle Mountain edges Glenwood Springs, 1-0
EDWARDS – The score was 1-0.
It usually is when Battle Mountain and Glenwood Springs get together for soccer. The Huskies got the nod Thursday on a Jack Sunderland goal in the third minute for, yes, a 1-0 win, avenging his team’s only loss of the season, which, not so surprisingly, was a 1-0 defeat at Glenwood Springs last week.
“It’s always a great contest with Battle Mountain,” Glenwood Springs coach John Mount said. “Our guys always seem to bring it, get amped up for these games. It’s a great rivalry we have, regardless of the rankings. It’s good to see this team bring it against a quality team.”
Thursday’s game was the fourth straight 1-0 result in this series. The Huskies won both games last year by the same count on goals by Sunderland in Edwards and Connor Tedstrom down in Glenwood.
“He left it until late last year,” Huskies coach David Cope said of Sunderland. “This year, he did it early.”
The Huskies moved to 7-1 overall and 5-1 in the 4A Slope with the win, while Glenwood fell to 4-5-1 and 1-3-1.
Sunderland struck early on a bobble by Demons goalie Cane Albrecht.
“The ball was going back to the goalie,” the Huskies striker said. “I just saw it, put him under a little bit of pressure. I wasn’t expecting anything. He fumbled it. I just put it in an open net.”
Sunderland dedicated the goal to Battle Mountain science teacher Tim Caudill, and if you score a big game-winner, why not?
Otherwise, Albrecht was magnificent. Battle Mountain had countless scoring opportunities and the Glenwood junior was up to the task.
Meanwhile, the Demons were trying to get more organized possessions to mount an offensive threat in the Battle Mountain end.
“We were trying to get possession going,” Mount said. “We were trying to get combinations going. We looked so good when we did. It seems like we couldn’t finish. We played with these guys.”
Both teams are at the rough halfway mark of the season. For Glenwood, the challenge in the second half will be to become more consistent with its play. The Demons handed Battle Mountain its only loss of the season, while, at the same time, tying Palisade, which is a head-scratcher. Glenwood is at Moffat County on Saturday.
The Huskies, meanwhile, will spend the second half on the road. Thursday was Senior Night, the final home game of the season, on Sept. 30. Battle Mountain starts its marathon at Cheyenne Mountain on Saturday in a matchup of Nos. 6 and 3 in the state.
The Huskies left town with a nice bit of news, though. High school sports, like politics, makes for strange bedfellows, so Battle Mountain was quite delighted in the postgame huddle to hear that Eagle Valley had upended Moffat County, 5-4, giving the Huskies sole possession of first place in the Slope.
“If you want to make a statement, then going and wheeling off some away wins would do it,” Cope said. “We would like to put together a nice enough resume to come back here for a home playoff game in October. Maybe, we could shovel some snow.”
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