Vail Valley preps: El Guapo, Huskies dump Palisade
EDWARDS –Meet El Guapo, the human victory cigar.
Sure, Battle Mountain’s Clint Hervert is a guy who want between the pipes come crunch time. But the goalie’s got an offensive touch, too.
With the Huskies soccer cruising to a 10-1 win against Palisade Thursday night, El Guapo – The Handsome One, as former assistant coach Jose Velasquez dubbed him last year – got a chance to show his offensive skills, successfully drilling a penalty kick.
“The last time I scored was probably in fifth grade,” Hervert said, describing his beautifully-arched shot into the upper-right corner. “It felt good to get one.”
Interestingly enough, Hervert’s P.K. was not a lark. The goalie earned the chance.
“What’s cool about that is we had a penalty-kick competition earlier this year,” Huskies coach David Cope said. “We tried to put a little pressure on them by saying that the winner got to take penalties for the rest of the season. Clint was in the in the (final) three with (striker) Ubaldo (Trujillo). If we ever went to penalties (in the playoffs), Clint’s likely a kid to get one.”
There was no chance of it being tight Thursday night. After four consecutive one-goal games, the Huskies (5-0-2 in the Slope and 7-12 overall) had a laugher.
Trujillo got a hat trick, while Yini Ruiz scored twice. Jack Sunderland, Joe LyBarger, David Gonzalez, Hugo Castillo and Hervert all got on the scoresheet. Amid all the fun, Huskies’ midfielder Leopoldo Rodriguez had to be Man of the Match for orchestrating a lot of this offense.
“We have a lot of guys who have been nicked up,” Cope said. “This is our third-straight week with three games in a row, so the goal coming in was to get 22 kids on the field.
“It’s good for morale. These guys have been out there since Aug. 17, working hard, and they get a chance to get in today, score some goals, play varsity and play at night on this field.”
The Huskies have three things on their calendar in the next two days. First Casey Cope, the coach’s son, gets his tonsils out today, so we send out best wishes to “The Big Man” and hope he enjoys his ice cream.
Battle Mountain will certainly have its eye on tonight’s game in Gypsum when Eagle Valley hosts Steamboat Springs at 6. While diplomatically praising all involved in the game, David Cope is officially and self-servingly predicting a 1-1 tie.
After all that, the Huskies head to Rifle Saturday.
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