Vail Valley preps: Battle Mountain soccer shines on Senior Night
EDWARDS – Game-winning goal? Nallely Rodriguez, thank you very much.
It was Senior night for Battle Mountain soccer, and the Huskies dispatched Eagle Valley, 9-0, Tuesday night in Edwards. But what most are going to remember is Rodriguez, getting the start for the first time of her high school career, and scoring the game winner, along with two goals from fellow senior Gabby Munguia.
The two didn’t get to play much this year, but they made the most of it Tuesday.
“One of the overriding characteristics of this team has been the way they played for each other,” Huskies coach David Cope said. “It was fun to see the support and spirit. You could see how the entire team celebrated when Nallely scored.”
“It was from Maddie (LyBarger),” Rodriguez said. “I was just behind the goal keeper and I kicked it really hard and it was in.”
Not to be outdone, Munguia scored twice in the second half, much to the delight of the regulars.
“We love it,” Munguia said. “We know we’re not as advanced players as they are. We love the support we get. We feel the team’s spirit.”
And somewhere in there, senior Lizzie Seibert notched goal Nos. 60 and 61 of her career. That puts her in some elite company at Battle Mountain. Seibert is second behind only Kelsey Sanders (69) in a career in Battle Mountain. Seibert’s 61 has her ahead of such luminaries as Julia Burnett (57) and Christina Aiello (56).
“Lizzie’s just had a remarkable career, consistent goal-scorer, consistently a great teammate,” Cope said. “I’m just happy that her senior year is ending well because the middle of it was hampered by injury.”
Emily Eyrich, LyBarger, Maddie Frye and Emma Porter also scored for Battle Mountain. In addition to her goal, LyBarger had a whopping four assists.
Eagle Valley was without some key players due to injury, but Devils goalie Blanca Gonzalez could have been the player of the match. Despite the lopsided score, Gonzalez made numerous eye-popping saves.
“She was unbelievable,” Devils coach Francois Nanin said.
Eagle Valley wraps the season with road games Saturday at Glenwood Springs and Monday at Steamboat Springs. Meanwhile, Battle Mountain (7-3 in the Slope and 10-3 overall) hosts Palisade Friday at 3 p.m.
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