Vail Valley preps recap for Thursday
GLENWOOD SPRINGS – So much for the dream 20-0 season, including, of course, the five shutout wins in the playoffs.
Battle Mountain soccer fell from the ranks of the unbeaten Thursday night in a familiar place – Glenwood Springs – felling to the Demons, 1-0.
Glenwood’s Kevin Hartmann scored with 10 minutes left in the game and the Demons celebrated like they won the World Cup. And that’s understandable, given that the Huskies twice nipped the Demons last year by the same count on late scores.
“I think we’re adjusting to playing on grass, playing on the road,” Battle Mountain coach David Cope said. “We’ve got to get into the mentality when we dominate for long stretches that we have to convert that into goals. It had a little of the feel of last year. We’re still in great position in the league.”
Battle Mountain finishes the first half of the league slate at 4-1, tied in the loss column with Moffat County, whom the Huskies beat Tuesday. Steamboat Springs, Eagle Valley and Glenwood all have at least two league losses.
The Huskies have a big week ahead, starting with the Jeffco’s Conifer on Tuesday. The team’s home finale is a rematch with Glenwood Springs Thursday and then Battle Mountain heads to No. 2 Cheyenne Mountain Saturday.
Denver Christian 3, Vail Mountain 1
DENVER – Vail Mountain soccer hung with the No. 10 team in 3A in 3-1 loss to Denver Christian in nonleague action Thursday.
Jordan Goldstein to Cal DeLine got the Gore Rangers (2-4) on the board.
“Denver Christian is a really good side,” VMS coach Slade Cogswell said. “The have some good players who gave us some problems. We started slower in the first 10 minutes than I would have liked, but the boys kept playing hard.”
Vail Mountain hosts Hotchkiss Saturday at 11 a.m. at Bandoni Alumni Field for Homecoming.
Eagle Valley 3, Delta 0
GYPSUM – Eagle Valley made short work of Delta, 25-15, 27-25, 25-21, Thursday to move to 2-0 in the 4A Slope.
The Devils, 6-1 overall, head to Palisade Thursday before hosting archrival Battle Mountain on Tuesday.
Lutheran Parker 3, Vail Christian 0
PARKER – Vail Christian bowed in nonconference action to Lutheran Parker, 28-26, 25-18, 25-18, Thursday night.
“We played pretty great,” Saints coach Cathy Alexander said. “Ashlyn Gruber hit well. We just couldn’t keep up the intensity we had in our first two games.”
Vail Christian (7-3) hosts Soroco tonight at 6.
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