Huskies shut out Summit in opener
eagle county correspondent
EDWARDS ” After Thursday’s girls soccer season opener between Battle Mountain and Summit High School, the Huskies’ Julia Burnett carried teammate Kelsey Sanders off the field.
“Well, her muscles were still cramped, so you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do,” Burnett said.
Sore muscles or not, it should have been the other way around. Burnett rang up a hat trick Thursday, lifting Battle Mountain to an easy 5-0 win over Summit at Freedom Park in Edwards.
“It definitely gives me a positive outlook on the season,” said Burnett, who had all of four goals last season.
And Burnett’s trifecta gave Battle Mountain coach David Cope the opportunity to say the 10 most sacred words in Huskies soccer.
“A hat trick at any level is quite an accomplishment.”
Burnett’s hat trick was just one of many highlights for the Huskies, who opened the season for the second straight time with a blanking of Summit.
“It’s great. We hope Summit stacks up well in the Jeffco League. It’s a strong league,” Cope said. “I think we just go into league play with a lot of confidence, and that’s what we wanted in the preseason.”
“We simply got outplayed,” Tigers coach Stephanie Johnson said. “That’s all it comes down to. We’re gaining that much-needed experience we need in the defense because we graduated a lot of girls back there. I’m glad that it came in a nonleague game instead of a league game. But we simply got outplayed.”
The field was pretty much tilted in Battle Mountain’s favor all afternoon, as the Huskies scored twice in the first half and three times in the second.
Summit’s Hannah Harvey had the Tigers’ best scoring chance of the game in the first half, but was denied.
Summit heads to Montrose today for a 4 p.m. tilt, followed by some outdoor training there on Saturday. Given the Tigers’ lack of outdoor practice because of the snow, Johnson sees some positives.
“Our offense was strong,” she said. “We’re learning it’s not the harder you work, it’s the smarter you work. After halftime, we kind of regrouped and started thinking more about our positioning and our passes and the smarter plays rather than working harder.”
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