Wallace speaks and Huskies win
EDWARDS – The instruction from Battle Mountain girls soccer defensive stalwart Morgan Wallace was simple before the team’s game Wednesday against Glenwood Springs.”Morgan before the game just said, ‘Get the ball in the goal,'” the Huskies’ Julia Burnett said.Burnett complied, scoring twice and Kelsey Sanders added another in the second half as Battle Mountain cruised to a 3-0 win over the visiting Demons.Both teams entered the game with just one 4A Slope loss – both to league-leader, Steamboat Springs. The Sailors took out the Huskies, 3-0, and just squeaked by the Demons, 1-0 last month. Working with the laws of transitivity and an eye on the last game of the season at Steamboat, Battle Mountain chalked up Wednesday’s win as a big one.
“That obviously gives you a bit of confidence,” Huskies coach David Cope said. “We had a lot of respect for Glenwood coming in because of that score and still have a lot of respect. We know that Steamboat went there and it’s a difficult place to play in Glenwood and we know it’s going to be a really difficult place when we go there next time. We don’t underestimate Glenwood at all.”Rematches of all forms seemed to be on everybody’s minds at Freedom Park. “It’s our first game after spring break, which is always hard to come back from,” Demons coach Linda Loman said. “(Battle Mountain)’s a very tough team. They executed very well on their home field and we look forward to the rematch. We’ll be ready.”The Huskies and Demons meet again on Tuesday at Stubler Field at 4 p.m. There, the Huskies wouldn’t mind a repeat of Wednesday’s game.
Battle Mountain played in Glenwood’s end for most of the first half, but struggled to put the ball on the frame for the first 30 minutes. When the Huskies did, Kelsie Hert was there for Glenwood to make the save.”Kelsie played great,” Loman said. “She’s just a freshman. It’s probably her third or fourth game in the goal and she definitely saved a lot of goals. We were happy to have her back there. She’s a definite asset.”The Huskies broke through in the 31st minute when Emily LyBarger drew out Hert on the right side and crossed the ball to Burnett who did the honors.Five minutes later, Christy Madison played a gorgeous through ball to Burnett for her second, giving Battle Mountain a 2-0 lead. Six minutes into the second 40, Sanders found the onion bag for some insurance.
Glenwood’s Ayla Dobbs likely had her team’s best scoring chance in the second half when she missed an open net. Huskies keeper Killion Hunn also stymied the Demons late in the game. Hunn and Alexis Guinn combined for the shutout for Battle Mountain.Glenwood, 2-2 in the Slope and 2-3 overall, is at Rifle Saturday at 11 a.m. Meanwhile, Battle Mountain, 4-1 and 5-1, respectively, hosts Palisade in Edwards at either 11 a.m. or 1 p.m., depending on how many players will be taking their ACTs in the morning.”You just want to give yourself a chance to go up to Steamboat on that last day with a game that means something,” Cope said. “The girls have done great. We said, ‘Now, you’ve got to hold serve on Saturday against Palisade.’ You can’t look at scores and think that’s going to be a soft game.”Just for kicks: Gionbotigglio went to Burnett. “The Bag” went to Hunn for her defense in the second half. … Another unsung hero was Christina Harrison who took away a Glenwood scoring opportunity with a nifty tackle at the end of the first half.Vail, Colorado