Huskies blank Demons, 1-0 to repeat as Slope champs
EAGLE-VAIL – In training camp in August, Huskies soccer coach David Cope told midfielder Tyler Cole that he wanted the senior to step it up offensively in 2005.Cole has, and he delivered the biggest goal of the season to date on Saturday when his corner kick in the 33rd minute deflected off Glenwood Springs goalie Matt Hartman to give Battle Mountain a 1-0 win and back-to-back 4A Slope titles. “We tried to put it in the middle,” Cole said. “But when you play that long in that end of the field, something’s bound to happen. I wouldn’t say it was luck or anything like that. We had a lot of good chances. Good luck comes from good preparation.””He consistently chips in, always on the defensive end,” Huskies coach David Cope said. “Lately, he’s been chipping in goals and assists and timely balls through. He’s dynamic. It was just that he played it in there and the break happened.”And despite fierce play from the visiting Demons, the Huskies (12-0 overall and 10-0 Western Slope League) were able to celebrate a title for the second year in a row on their home pitch.”They’re all special, but I think this one, we were playing against Glenwood and that was the team we were vying against,” said Cope. “Instead of just accumulating a bunch of points and mathematically clinching against another team, today had the feeling of a final. If they win, they probably win the league. If we win, we win the league. And to have it be so close and to come down to the end, it’s exciting. It really felt special.”On the other end of the spectrum were the Demons who came very close to stealing away the title from the Huskies. Glenwood is 10-2 overall and 8-2 in league with both of its losses coming at the hands of Battle Mountain.”We did play a good game,” Glenwood coach Craig Plizga said. “We had some unlucky calls not go our way. We had an unlucky bounce go our way. That was the game, a skim, a bounce.””All credit to Glenwood. They battled hard, but our kids showed a lot of heart,” Cope said. “Its hard to break us down. I thought with a little bit of finishing we could have put the game away earlier.”Glenwood did have its chances. The Demons had two golden opportunities for the equalizer late in the game. Corey McGrath fed Pat Waller for a header which went wide left in the 73rd minute. With one minute to go, Patrick Shepard drilled one on the net, but Huskies goalie Josh Ruark was there to stop it.But, there’s a lot of season still to be played for the Demons.”We’ve got two big games coming up,” Plizga said. “We’ve got Moffat County on Monday, and then we have Eagle Valley. We’re looking at taking Moffat County, and then we’ll deal with Eagle Valley when that comes.”We played well enough to win this game. There’s no reason to adjust anything. We’re playing quality soccer, and we’re going to continue to play quality soccer.”
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