Resurgent Huskies blank Glenwood Springs
EDWARDS — Most importantly, before its game on Thursday against Glenwood Springs, Battle Mountain soccer went 2-for-2 in asking out dates for Homecoming.
With those important matters in hand, the Huskies dropped three goals on the Demons in the first 19 minutes on their way to a 4-0 win in Edwards.
The tidy nature of the win for Battle Mountain (7-2 overall and 5-1 in 4A Western Slope League) was important because over the pass also on Thursday night, Summit County upset Steamboat Springs, 4-2.
That puts the Huskies in first place by a half-game over Eagle Valley, who happened to be in attendance in Edwards, doing a little scouting. Both teams have only one loss in league and, right now, the Devils hold the tiebreaker by virtue of their overtime win over the Huskies in Gypsum last month.
“A statement of intent from Summit,” Huskies coach David Cope said. “We know they’re a good team. That’s probably not the last time we hear from them. Looking at the schedule, Oct. 4, Oct. 6, (at) Summit, (home for) Eagle. That’s a pretty big week.”
Battle Mountain’s had a pretty big week by winning at Steamboat Springs, 3-0, on Tuesday and then beating Glenwood. This is all on the heels of a 6-0 loss to The Classical Academy last week, which may prove to be a turning point for the Huskies.
“We used that as motivation,” Huskies goalie Alan Villegas said. “We decided that we shouldn’t have lost that bad. So we got our act together. We’ve been communicating a lot more and making sure our men are covered.”
Everything’s a lot easier when a team jumps out to an early lead. The Huskies got a free kick in the fourth minute, and Cody Bahan sent it into the box.
“We’ve just been practicing our set pieces,” Bahan said. “I’m either looking for Juanito (Juan Macias) near post or to ping it to Miles’ head.”
Pinging it off Miles Joersz’s head ended up doing the trick as the defender one-timed it with his head for a textbook goal.
Five minutes later, Brandon Rodriguez to Macias made it 2-0. The latter finished emphatically by crushing his shot into the right corner.
David Barajas unassisted in the 19th pretty much ended it. However, the Huskies’ Danny Ortega had a good moment with his first varsity goal. He’s been away from the team because of the passing of his grandmother, and he pointed to the sky after his score.
Despite the tough start, Glenwood Springs coach Wayne Smith thinks his team is on the right track.
“We made an adjustment right away,” he said. “We were getting a little more of the ball. We were taking the pressure off. As you saw, in the second half, we defended well. We were able to get on the attack. We had six shots and we held them scoreless. I think we can take a lot of positives away.
The Demons (4-4, 2-3) head to Steamboat Springs on Tuesday. Meanwhile the Huskies seem to be on the upswing as they host Montrose on Tuesday.
“To come into that TCA game, and really get found out on some things, it kind of ignited us to have some sharper training sessions and we’ve been really good on set pieces since then,” Cope said. “And, defensively, we’ve been much, much better.”
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Montrose will pose a tough challenge for the Demons to win their home tournament. “They’re a team that every year has a well-disciplined program that executes, plays hard and is well-coached,” Glenwood coach Fred Heisel said. “It’s going to be a lot of fun.” Game time is 2:30 p.m. at Spencer-Chavez Gymnasium at GSHS.