MCHS junior Carina Meza makes a break downfield Tuesday against visiting Battle Monutain. The Bulldogs lost, 11-0, to the Huskies.

Photo by John Vandelinder

MCHS junior Carina Meza makes a break downfield Tuesday against visiting Battle Monutain. The Bulldogs lost, 11-0, to the Huskies.

Huskies blank Bulldogs

Defending league champions too much for MCHS


— Two high school girls soccer teams headed in different directions.

That is what spectators would have found Tuesday if watching Battle Mountain play host Moffat County High School.

Less than a minute into the contest, Huskies senior Emily LyBarger deposited a quick goal, and the thrashing of the Bulldogs by the defending league champions was on.

Battle Mountain (11-0 overall, 10-0 Western Slope League) rode an eight-goal lead into halftime, and played keep-away in the second, cruising to an 11-0 win.

Moffat County (1-10 overall, 1-10 WSL) had trouble sustaining any offensive pressure against the Huskies' defense.

And when the Huskies weren't intercepting Moffat County passes, they were executing their own to perfection.

"We wanted to have good ball control in their end of the field," Huskies coach David Cope said. "We wanted good passes and not just a knock on the door. We wanted pressure, to create scoring opportunities."

Battle Mountain did just that.

Emily LyBarger scored her second goal three minutes into the contest and a well placed shot by sophomore Marisa Ammaturo found the back of the Bulldog net, for a 3-0 lead less than 10 minutes into the game.

MCHS freshman Imelda Hernandez made six stellar saves, keeping the Bulldogs within three, but the Huskies found the weak link in Hernandez's armor once again.

Emily LyBarger completed her hat trick, scoring with 25 minutes left before the half.

Battle Mountain sophomore Lizzie Seibert began her quest for a hat trick as well, scoring three minutes later to put the Huskies up 5-0.

The next four minutes saw goals from the Huskies' Marissa Ammaturo, Jenny Banner and Seibert's second, as Battle Mountain held an 8-0 lead at the half.

"The girls got really deflated, really fast, after they scored as fast as they did," MCHS coach Alegra Yager said. "At halftime I told them they needed to pick it up and contain the ball. They settled down after that, but it was too late."

The Huskies traveled only 13 players for the contest, so Cope went to the bench - as short as it was - for the second half.

Unfortunately for the Bulldogs, the result was the same.

The Huskies' Kayla Telles scored 10 minutes in, Stephanie Woodruff scored at the 38-minute mark and with less than a minute left in regulation, and Seibert completed her hat trick.

"We worked the field really well today," Seibert said. "We have some super athletes on this team, and we all found our space. Hopefully we'll keep this up."

Cope was pleased with his team's performance, the trip and the nice weather.

But having an undefeated record doesn't mean all is roses for the Husky coach.

"We have four games left, and we've never run the table while I've been here," Cope said. "Doing that would be a big accomplishment. Regardless, these girls really enjoy the time spent together. They are having fun, and that's what matters."

Moffat County hosts Glenwood Springs on Thursday.


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