Vail Valley preps: Licciardi lifts Huskies lax over Eagle Valley
GYPSUM – It may be spring, but Thursday’s Battle Mountain-Eagle Valley lacrosse game seemed more suited for the gridiron with the snow falling.
“First of all, it’s exciting that you’re interviewing someone over 200 pounds,” joked Timmy Licciardi Huskies attacker and offensive lineman in the fall. “I’m just a little excited. Beating Eagle Valley’s great anytime.”
Licciardi had four goals, including a hat trick in the first half, as Battle Mountain upended Eagle Valley, 9-3, in the snow during the first of two meetings between the two teams this season. The rematch is April 16 in Edwards.
Battle Mountain coach Seth Jones was not happy with the way his team came out, but a five-goal second quarter seemed to make up for it.
“I think for us it’s huge,” Jones said. “We didn’t get to play too many games for the last week-and-a-half, so getting to play a rivalry game here is always fantastic. It also means a lot because it’s the start of the second half of our season. We’ve got 11 more games.”
Licciardi and Eagle Valley’s Otto Jordan traded goals in the first and then the Huskies went off for five in the second. Licciardi had the first two of the second, with two from Josh Rosenbach and one from Tommy Travers. Rosenbach could have had a few more had it not been for some bad luck in the form of some clanks of the iron.
Ironically, after the game, the rivals said that they wanted to do what the other team did well Thursday. Jones wasn’t happy with the way his team went after ground balls. The Devils, on the other hand, showed a lot of heart and hustle getting to those loose balls.
Meanwhile, Eagle Valley’s Ted Boddy wants his team to be a little more polished offensively.
“We worked really hard for our shots, we’d beat some guys and then we’d shot it high on their goalie, which is just like playing catch with the goalie,” Boddy said. “We say, ‘Don’t play catch with the goalie. Bounce the ball.’ That’s part of the reason why we didn’t put as many in net as we wanted to because we didn’t get the quality shots.”
The Huskies, naturally, put the ball on the ground in front of the net and scored. Licciardi ended his scoring binge in the second half, and was joined by Reeve Sanders and Cooper Cartmill. Derek Kasper and John Landreth ripped the net for Eagle Valley
Battle Mountain (2-1) is at Fruita today, while Eagle Valley (0-5) is at Durango Saturday.
Palisade 2, Battle Mountain 0
PALISADE – The Slope girls soccer race became a four-team chase Thursday after Palisade took down Battle Mountain, 2-0.
Battle Mountain, Glenwood Springs, Palisade and Steamboat Springs now all have one loss. In previous action, the Huskies beat Steamboat at home. Those Sailors did in Glenwood up north. Glenwood beat Palisade at Stubler and it was Bulldogs’ turn Thursday against the Huskies (6-1 overall and 5-1 in the Slope).
“What I said to the girls is that you are what your record says you are,” Huskies coach David Cope said. “Your record says that you’re good team, not a perfect team. Now that Steamboat game becomes huge.”
Round 2 between the Huskies and Sailors is Tuesday in Steamboat. If the Huskies win, they likely take the Slope’s Northern Division and can control their own destiny when it comes to the league crown. If the Sailors win, just about everything is up for grabs.
In other soccer news Thursday, Vail Mountain at Vail Christian was snowed out.
Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934 or email@example.com.