Vail Valley preps: Huskies pay back Palisade
EDWARDS – If Jim Childers didn’t spend so much time clearing Battle Mountain’s home pitch Thursday night, Huskies soccer Lizzie Seibert would have swept it clean herself.
The senior had a hat trick in the second half of a 4-2 win against Palisade Friday. And those would be career goals Nos. 62-64.
“No, no, I wasn’t expecting it at all,” Seibert said. “I was hoping it would but you never know.”
“That was a proper hat trick,” Huskies coach David Cope said simply.
What made the hat trick and the win big for Battle Mountain was a combination of two factors. First, the visiting Bulldogs got a 1-0 lead on a own goal. The second was the quality of the opponent. This is not Palisade of recent years. The Bulldogs had beaten Battle Mountain 2-0 in the league game between the two teams so this was payback.
Freshman defender Anna Tedstrom had the horrifying moment of moments occur when she accidentally deflected the ball past teammate Kate Gray. Soccer is a cruel game, as Battle Mountain fans know. Morgan Wallace, probably the best defender the program has had, scored an own goal in a 2006 state-playoff game against Liberty, so Tedstrom’s in some pretty good company.
But as has become the signature of the 2010 squad with comebacks against Eagle Valley and Steamboat Springs, Battle Mountain bounced back.
“This group sticks together,” said Cope in an oft-repeated refrain. “They didn’t get upset. They didn’t get at each other.”
Rosie Davis got the equalizer on a through ball. She beat Palisade keeper Courtney Davis, who is the league’s best goalie, and pushed it past a sliding Bulldogs defender to level the game before halftime.
Then it was Lizzie time.
Palisade went up 2-1, before Battle Mountain’s Claire Jaicks cut it along the end line and found Seibert for her first. Haille Hogfeldt helped on the next one sliding a pass deftly through the Palisade defense to Seibert.
The coup de grace was a thing of beauty from a Maddie LyBarger corner kick. Seibert one-timed it into the back of the net, icing Battle Mountain’s 11th victory of the season.
“That was the kind of goal that comes from technique built up over the years,” Cope said.
At 11-3, Battle Mountain is in the postseason for the seventh-consecutive season. CHSAA issues the bracket May 9. In the meantime, the Huskies will tune up for the playoffs by hosting defending 4A state champion Wheat Ridge Thursday at 6 p.m. in Edwards. It’s the first time, a Battle Mountain soccer team has hosted a defending state champion.
“I think we have a lot of confidence, and that’s always good,” Seibert said. “Palisade’s a good team and to beat them adds confidence. I think we can play well against Wheat Ridge.”
Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fear not, track fans. Friday’s track meets ran late, so look for complete coverage of Battle Mountain Eagle Valley and Vail Christian in Sunday’s paper.