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Tigers soccer lose thriller to Battle Mountain, 3-4

Chris Freud
Vail Daily
Former Summit senior Thomas DeBonville charges past a Battle Mountain defender during the Tigers 2-1 win over the Huskies in 2014. The Tigers lost a close one to their regular league rivals on Sept. 13, a 3-4 thriller in Edwards.
Sebastian Foltz / Summit Daily file photo |

EDWARDS — Is Battle Mountain soccer back? Did they go anywhere in the first place?

After an early season overtime loss at Eagle Valley, which caused great angst in the Battle Mountain camp, the Huskies have won three in a row, capped by a 4-3 thriller over Summit County on Tuesday night in Edwards.

One third of the way through the season, Battle Mountain is 4-1 overall and 3-1 in the 4A Slope, not exactly chopped liver. The Tigers are now 2-2 overall and 0-1 in the Slope.

“I think the boys have trained hard since then,” Huskies coach David Cope said. “They beat a good team tonight, and that’s the second good team they’ve beaten this year. (Vail Mountain School)’s going to win a lot of games.”

Tackling the Tigers

The Huskies scored twice on corner kicks against the Tigers and got a third off an indirect kick. That’s something to file away — Battle Mountain has good size for those situations.

Cody Bahan started it with a corner kick into the box. Juan Macias corralled it and flicked it off to Taylor Staughton for a 1-0 lead. The Huskies continued to create good chances, but couldn’t find that second goal. That’s a worrisome situation because when you don’t cash in on your opportunities, the other team usually gets one chance and equalizes.

And that’s just what happened when Summit got a penalty kick.

After Brandon Rodriguez got crunched at the top of the box, play restarted with an indirect kick. Bahan to Miles Joersz’s head made it 2-1.

Tied 2-2 in the second half, freshman Danny Barajas had two assists in the course of just five minutes. The first was a corner kick to Macias. Goalie Alan Villegas started the fourth goal with a long kick to Barajas, who cut inside. Efren Ortega overlapped to the outside, and got a sweet pass from Barajas. Ortega cut along the end line and roofed it himself.

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