Change of turf no help for MCHS

Battle Mountain defeats Bulldogs, 0-6


Snow didn't stop the Battle Mountain soccer team from playing Saturday, and Moffat County couldn't stop the Huskies from scoring.

Battle Mountain exploded for five goals in the second half to beat the Bulldogs, 6-0, in Edwards. The game was originally scheduled at the Huskies' field in Eagle-Vail, but was moved due to snow.

"This track is good for us," said Battle Mountain coach David Cope. "It plays to our advantage. We're technical and quick.

"This was going to be a tricky game because it's sandwiched between Steamboat Springs and Glenwood Springs, and those are huge games for us. There's a tendency for players to chalk up a game, but they realized they can't take anything for granted."

The Huskies beat Steamboat Thursday, 2-1, and host Glenwood Springs Tuesday at 4 p.m.

Moffat hung on in the first half and put the ball deep in the Huskies' end, but couldn't elude the Battle Mountain backline or keeper D.J. Van Curan.

Battle Mountain pounded the Moffat keeper, Mike Lefler, with plenty of shots, but he held tough and got a little help from his defense. Tucker Bilodeau blocked a hard shot by Battle Mountain with a header.

Finally, the Huskies eluded Lefler in the 28th minute.

Off a quick throw in by Huskies' co-captain Erik Garcia, Jair Molina sent a ball into the Moffat box, where Rudy Solis collected it and pounded it home.

In the second half, Battle Mountain maintained solid ball possession and pressured the Bulldogs' backline.

"In the first half, we couldn't get things going," Garcia said. "In the second half, we started passing the ball -- that's our game."


Minutes into the second half, Solis fed Wilder Heuga in the middle, and Heuga buried a shot to start a string of Huskies' goals.

"We are a really young team, and have the tendency to overreact to either a good or a bad thing," said Moffat coach Jeff Hammond. "When we came back and almost scored in the first half, we got really up, and then in the second half when (Battle Mountain) came out and put a few in early, our guys let down and never really recovered."

Garcia netted two goals, the first on a hard, low shot after he evaded several Moffat defenders, and the second on a loose ball in the box following a corner kick. Garcia nearly did the trick on a direct free kick that he smacked off the crossbar.

The Huskies' Ricky Luevanos, who is known for his playmaking, finally got the monkey off his back with a strike that bent over Lefler.

Hammond would have liked to see his team be more competitive in the second half.

"We need to build on (good chances) and put two good halves together," Hammond said. "Cole Dubois and Alvaro did really well. All of our guys really struggled at certain times, and did well at certain times."

The Bulldogs are now 1-5-1 overall and 1-3-0 in Western Slope league play.

They have another tough match-up with Steamboat Springs 4 p.m. on Tuesday at Loudy Simpson Park.

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