Springtime in the rockies
I often wonder how the girls get so lucky to play their High School season in the "Spring" - we are subject to relentless wind, regular snow, and poor field conditions most of the season.
That all came together "perfectly" this past week in our trip to Battle Mountain HS in Edwards. On the way up, we drove through a squall, and arrived to find the field covered in 1.5 inches or so of snow.
Amazingly, the JV game kicked off nonetheless, and as they played (a 4-0 victory!) the weather improved, and all of their running around on the field also had the effect of somewhat clearing all the snow. So that by the start of the varsity game, the field was almost clear. Almost.
Thankfully we got off to a flying start, punctuated by a wonderful finish by Mary Cox on a corner kick play. We didn't ever get our second goal, but, thankfully, the Huskies never got their first either. Indeed, we hung on for dear life at the end of the game, as our opponent put us under pressure, and also, another squall arrived with 25 minutes or so to play, dumping another 2 inches of snow on the field. All in all, a memorable 1-0 win!
We showed great courage, toughness, and togetherness as a program - playing and cheering through brutal conditions. There were many Cougars of the Day that day - the parents, for getting the team safely to the game (and home), Mr. Fuller (the school chemistry teacher) and his wife for braving the elements all the way to the end of the match, all of the reserves for their loud encouragement from the sidelines, and finally to Mary Cox, for her wonderful finish and for her discipline and toughness on the field.
This week upcoming we will be severely tested once again by a terrific Ralston Valley team, and then with our season opening league contest against perennial rival Green Mountain. Sko Cougs!
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