Huskies hand Tigers first loss in snowy OT
EDWARDS – A cold rain came down during the first half of the Battle Mountain-Summit High School boys soccer game Tuesday at Freedom Field in Edwards.By the second half, the rain had turned to snow, chilling players and fans alike. And, as required under such conditions by Murphy’s Law, the game had to go into overtime. Four minutes into the extra frame, the Huskies’ Andy Banner took a pass down the left sideline, drew out Summit goalie Kylor Dossett and flicked the ball into the net with the outside of his right, golden shoe for the golden goal and a 2-1 win over the Tigers.The loss was the first for No. 8 Summit (4-1-3), and it kept Battle Mountain unbeaten at 8-0.
“I can’t even describe it. It was amazing,” a soaked Banner said. “That was the most intense game I ever played.”Summit coach Peter Shafroth and his team couldn’t help but feel this one slipped away from the Tigers. Summit completely controlled the second half of play. Among the Tigers’ better chances were Andrew Quinonez’s near score off a corner kick and Chris Nowakiwsky’s shot toward an open net that was cleared by Everado Gonzales at the last instant.”We dominated the second half,” Shafroth said. “They deserved that last goal they got. That’s a killer when you dominate the second half like we did and we couldn’t get a goal in. But, that’s all right. It was a great game. I take my hat off to them. They held.”In truth, both teams had their opportunities. Early in the first half, Battle Mountain controlled the tempo. Banner created two chances for the Huskies, one to Edgar Hernandez and one to Antonio Aparicio. Aparicio also nearly had a goal, only to be denied by Dossett.”I thought they were a good team and they were the better team in the second half. They created chances,” Huskies coach David Cope said. “Going into overtime, we would have been pretty happy to leave here 1-1.”
While Dossett was the unfortunate victim of the golden tally, both goalies played sensationally, especially given the conditions. Dossett made a gorgeous save on an indirect kick from Hernandez. The ball deflected off the Summit wall, changing the ball’s course, but Dossett soared into the air for a highlight-reel stop.Meanwhile, Ruark was ever steady on countless free kicks, which Summit boomed on the Huskies net.Indicative of how close this game was, both teams’ goals were off free or penalty kicks. Banner gave Battle Mountain the lead early in the second half with an indirect which ricocheted off the Summit wall and in. Minutes later, Nowakiwsky scored for Summit on a PK. It was the third straight game the senior scored on a penalty kick.
Though the Tigers came out on the short end of the stick, Shafroth felt it was a good learning experience for his team, especially with undefeated Golden coming to town Thursday in a Jeffco League Homecoming showdown.”I think they realize that we can compete with possibly anyone in the state,” said Shafroth.For the Huskies, Tuesday’s win couldn’t have been bigger.”It’s unbelievable. We’ve heard so much about this team,” Battle Mountain’s Harrison Brown said. “This is huge. This is going to keep our team going all year.”Tuesday’s game was moved from Eagle-Vail to Edwards because of the snow.
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