Vail Valley preps wrap for Saturday
EDWARDS – It’s not like it was an epic losing streak, yet all the same, Battle Mountain soccer wanted to end it.
After losses at Palisade and Steamboat Springs, the Huskies returned home and to a 6-2 win against Delta Saturday.
“We were March-and-0, and we were afraid to go 0-for-April,” Huskies coach David Cope joked.
After a 6-0 March, the Huskies lost to Palisade, 2-0, and Steamboat, 2-1, but April can still be quite a month for Battle Mountain. Palisade beat Steamboat, 1-0, Saturday, further jumbling the Slope standings. It seems to be a four-way race with the Huskies (7-2 overall and 5-2 in league), Steamboat, Palisade and Glenwood Springs.
In the meantime, Battle Mountain got back its game, starting with a goal from freshman Anna Tedstrom from 30 yards out, proving that a big foot certainly runs in the family. Kelli Lindsay and Haille Hogfedlt notched the next two to give the Huskies a 3-1 lead. Both goals were assisted by Maddie LyBarger.
Syd Idzikowski to Hogfeldt and Hogfeldt to Claire Jaicks gave Battle Mountain some breathing room, and freshman Rosie Davies capped the scoring.
Goalie Kate Gray got the win, and made a critical save in the first half when it was still 3-2.
The Huskies host Rifle on Thursday at 6 p.m.
Vail Mountain 0, Basalt 0
EAST VAIL – Since Basalt has ruled the roost in the world of 3A Slope girls soccer since for forever, the Vail Mountain School was more than happy to walk away with a scoreless tie against the Longhorns Saturday at venerable Bandoni Alumni Field.
Given the level of the competition – Basalt is a postseason perennial – VMS coach Bob Bandoni was very happy with his team’s play.
“I’m comfortable in saying that it was just a compliment to both teams,” he said. “The level of play and fight in both teams spoke well of both sides and of the league.”
VMS nearly pulled off the win with a beautiful pass from Misha Harrison to Maggie Sherman. Sherman was there and got some serious altitude, but her header went over the bar.
VMS lost Bridget Moffet to injury during a serious midair collision. According to Bandoni, Moffet is fine, but center back is key to the Gore Rangers’ scheme. Bandoni had good words about both Sarah Landreth and Taylor Biegler for their play.
VMS has all of next week of because of assorted school activities.
Durango 14, Battle Mountain 6
EDWARDS – No one can complain about playing time when it comes to Battle Mountain girls lacrosse.
Saturday against Durango, the Huskies had just one sub but still were very competitive in a 14-6 loss.
“We had a really awesome practice and we changed up some strategies (Friday),” Huskies coach Stacey Schapira said. “That was one of the best games we played. Our defense was great. All of our goals were pretty. We just got tired.”
Fifty minutes of lacrosse and one sub will do that, but more players are on the way as the Huskies get past SATs and other injuries.
Rylee McMillin had a hat trick, while Jana Weiss had two. Natasha Bell also scored.
Battle Mountain hosts Steamboat Springs Tuesday in a make-up of last week’s snowed-out contest. The faceoff is at 6 p.m.
Rifle 13, Battle Mountain 7
Rifle 6, Battle Mountain 0
EAGLE-VAIL – It is frustrating for Battle Mountain baseball, but it is getting better.
Battle Mountain dropped a pair to Rifle in a Slope doubleheader, 13-7, and 6-0, Saturday.
In the opener, it was walks and errors which did in the Huskies, dooming starter Cameron Brown to a tough loss. Joe LyBarger provided one of the highlights with a two-run double.
In Game 2, Joe Webb went the distance for the Huskies, pitching superbly. He just didn’t get any help offensively.
Battle Mountain hosts Eagle Valley Tuesday at 4 p.m. A reminder – the game is in Eagle-Vail because the Huskies’ new diamond in Edwards is not yet ready for play.
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