Vail Valley preps: Huskies fall to Glenwood, 3-1
GLENWOOD SPRINGS – Battle Mountain girls soccer thought it had reached a turning point in the 64th minute of its game at Glenwood Springs on Tuesday night.
Trailing 1-0, Huskies got a penalty kick and Haille Hogfeldt smashed it in for the equalizer. But just one minute later, the Demons, the defending 4A Slope champs, retook the lead on a Holly Brown goal on their way to a 3-1 win.
“It was really a shame,” Huskies coach David Cope said. “We had just gotten it to 1-1. If we had stabilized for five minutes, we might have been able to put them under pressure toward the end.”
The Demons dictated the flow in the first half, taking a 1-0 lead in the 21st minute. While the field was tilting, Cope gave props to freshman keeper Mindy Vickers for keeping the Huskies in the game.
The Huskies turned the tables in the second half, mounting pressure, leading up to Hogfeldt’s goal.
“We were proud of the way the girls stuck together,” Cope said. “They didn’t panic. They were facing a good team, and they showed great competitive spirit. We had them on the ropes, and that was a position I don’t think we thought we would be in during the first half.”
Glenwood scored in injury time as the Huskies put everyone up to try for the game-tying goal.
So who’s up next for the Huskies (1-1), Coach?
“I can’t remember. Some team near Oak Creek,” Cope joked.
That would be a renewal of the Battle Mountain-Steamboat Springs rivalry Friday night at 6 – please note the time change – in Edwards.
Devils find positives in loss
Given the recent history of Eagle Valley soccer, Rome isn’t going to be built in one day.
The Devils hit a bump in their season opener Tuesday, falling at Delta, 6-1. Nonetheless, coach Jason Rittmiller, who’s taking over spring soccer after reviving the boys in the fall, saw a bunch of things he liked.
“We’ve got a lot of willing learners and people who are adapting to our system,” he said. “It’s definitely going to get better. We’ve been practicing for a long time, and it looks a lot different when you play a game.”
Eagle Valley was meant to play last week, but its game against Moffat County was postponed because of referee issues. Meanwhile, Delta was playing its third game.
“In the end, we were getting into positions better and getting our runs in,” Rittmiller said. “It was a rough way to start, but the way we finished give me a lot to look forward to.”
Katherine Calhoun got Eagle Valley on the board with a late penalty kick. Maddie Cerny, Nelly Montes and Cynthia Zapata all had shots on goal. Eagle Valley also got good goaltending from Blanca Mendes and Blanca Gonzalez.
The Devils (0-1) are at Glenwood Springs on Saturday.
Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934 or email@example.com.
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