Huskies edge Glenwood |

Huskies edge Glenwood

Post Independent Photo/Kara K. Pearson Glenwood's Cory McGrath (6) tries to block a kick from Battle Mountain's Chris Galvin (6) as Battle Mountain's Connor Drumm (24) looks on during Saturday afternoon's game. BMHS won, 3-2.

Battle Mountain took a big step toward claiming the Class 4A Western Slope League boys soccer crown Saturday.Andy Banner tallied two goals and assisted on the Huskies’ other score as Battle Mountain downed second-place Glenwood Springs by a 3-2 margin at Stubler Field.”All we need is one more point, so it’s looking good so far,” Banner said. “(Glenwood) played a great game. I want to give props to them.”

Entering the game, Glenwood (6-2-1 WSL, 9-2-1 overall) was on a six-game winning streak and the only team within striking distance of the Huskies (9-1, 11-1). Battle Mountain needs just a tie or a Glenwood tie or loss to clinch the Slope title. The Demons have three league games remaining, while Battle Mountain has a pair of league contests.Glenwood spent most of the game playing from behind as Banner and Edgar Hernandez got the Huskies off to a quick start with goals in the first 21 minutes of play.”We haven’t played in a week, so we were psyched up. We came out pretty hard and stunned them and dictated the whole game, pretty much,” Banner said. The Demons did keep it close. After falling behind 2-0, Glenwood got back into the contest when Juan Murcia sent Adrian Castillo in alone with a short pass in the box. Castillo snuck past Huskies goalie Josh Ruark to the short side in the 22nd minute.

The one-goal margin was short-lived, however, as Banner took advantage of a misplayed ball on the Glenwood defense for a 3-1 lead less than two minutes later.It was the final goal of the game for the Huskies, but it was all they would need due to solid defense in the box and some help from the iron.Castillo hit the post with 13 minutes left in the half and the Demons had another shot ricochet off the crossbar 10 seconds later.”Anytime when you’re playing away and the other team hits a post and a crossbar” you’ve got to be happy with the win, Battle Mountain coach David Cope said.Murcia brought Glenwood within one goal again with a breakaway score assisted by Corey McGrath to cut the lead to 3-2 in the 68th minute. Other than Murcia’s goal, however, Battle Mountain’s tight play defensively and superiority in the air stymied the Glenwood offense.

The Demons earned six corner kicks and two free kicks from less than 40 yards in the second half, but couldn’t break through for the equalizer.”We played better in the second half,” Castillo said. “We passed more – more kick-and-move.”They are so tall, and we needed more people in the (penalty) area” during penalty kicks, Castillo added. “They are better in the air, but we were better on the ground.””We’re a pretty big team and pretty good in the air,” Cope said. “We obviously don’t want to be defending corners, but I don’t feel like it’s the worst situation.”Glenwood plays league foe Palisade at Stubler at 6 p.m. Monday in a makeup game that was canceled earlier in the season due to weather.Glenwood plays league foe Palisade at Stubler at 6 p.m. Monday in a makeup game that was canceled earlier in the season due to weather.

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