Battle Mountain soccer blanks Steamboat, 4-0 |

Battle Mountain soccer blanks Steamboat, 4-0

Chris Freud/Vail Daily

— Late in Thursday night's soccer match against Steamboat Springs, Battle Mountain got a penalty kick, and Huskies coach David Cope called for senior Sarawut Yubonmai to take it.

The goal capped a solid 4-0 victory for Battle Mountain, giving the Huskies a season sweep of their league rivals Thursday in Edwards.

And here lies the conundrum for the Huskies, now 11-0 overall and 9-0 in the Western Slope League. A season sweep is always big in this storied rivalry, but the Huskies' sights are set higher: a run at state.

"We're 11-0, and that's really special. It's a fine line between still pushing them and working real hard to be better and also have them enjoy the results."

While it was not the best game Battle Mountain has played this year, the Huskies had this one from the start. Battle Mountain's Alex Trujillo got the first of his two assists, feeding Roberto Diaz in the eighth minute. Heivan Garcia to Gunnar Wilson made it 2-0 in the 21st.

Steamboat junior goalie Carter Kounovsky kept the score there with two magnificent saves toward the end of the half.

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Battle Mountain finally put it away when senior Joe LyBarger broke through the Sailors defense, received a nice through-ball from Trujillo and scored his 19th of the season, which has him tied at third for most goals in a season at Battle Mountain.

Steamboat did mount some possession as the game progressed but still was lacking the accompanying run to turn that into scoring.

"There are areas in our game where we feel we've improved and are getting stronger," Steamboat coach Rob Bohlmann said.

Meanwhile, the Sailors (6-5 and 4-3) are in a battle to make the state playoffs.

"We have four games remaining, and at this point, we're looking to get maximum points — four games, four wins, 12 points," Bohlmann said. "We feel that gives us a shot to get into the postseason as one of those four (teams) out of our league."

Steamboat will be trying to avenge a 4-2 loss last month to Palisade when it hosts the Bulldogs at 11 a.m. Saturday.

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