Valor Christian rolls Huskies soccer
COLORADO SPRINGS ” Battle Mountain girls soccer wanted tough competition. The Huskies got it Thursday.
“Be careful what you ask for, right,” Huskies coach David Cope joked.
In the opener of the Valor Christian Tournament Thursday night, the Huskies bowed to the hosts, 9-0.
Battle Mountain was 35-0-1 in its last 36 regular-season games, dating back to April 19, 2006, and a 5-2 loss at Steamboat Springs, before falling to the Eagles Thursday. And that record, though mighty impressive, was a major reason Cope wanted to strengthen his team’s schedule in 2009.
The Huskies had shown they knew how to beat 4A Slope teams, but with a 2-4 record in the postseason the last four years, Battle Mountain needed experience against a higher level of competition like the Eagles, who started the season ranked No. 10 in the state.
“I think what we got out of it is that we have got a lot of work to do,” Cope said. “We’ve got to address our habits in training. We’ve got to step up our level of concentration. As I said at the half, this is where we find out what kind of people we are, what kind of teammates we are and so on. Not a single player asked to be taken out. No one threw up their hands in frustration and started blaming another teammate.”
The Huskies were without center-back Maddie LyBarger, who suffered a injury in warm-ups. That said, as key as LyBarger is to the Huskies, this game was open and shut. Eagles sophomore Christine Adams had a hat trick while Valor Christian’s Jamie Beckie, Madison Myers and Stephanie Subervi each scored twice.
The question is how will the Huskies respond? Battle Mountain soccer ” boys or girls ” hasn’t lost like this since a defeat by the same score at Glenwood Springs back in 1993 during Cope first year as a coach. That game is one that Cope often cites as a rallying cry for how far the boys program has progressed during his tenure.
“I think there are big questions to ask of each other,” Cope said. “We can’t fix it all tomorrow in practice. We’ve got to regroup and examine how we play and who we play for. I’m sure there’s no one feeling sorry for us, certainly not on the Front Range and in our league. I told the girls there are worse things than losing a soccer game.”
Battle Mountain (3-1) returns to the Valor Christian Tournament Saturday against Colorado Academy at noon.
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