Kempton Albee (left) and Kai Maulhardt work the ball upfield against Roaring Fork in a match played in Delta last week. The Rams had to work hard to earn their 3-0 win over Delta.
Delta's soccer woes continued last week with a pair of losses to Roaring Fork and Battle Mountain. Both losses were 3-0 deficits.
The Panthers, playing in the 4A WSL, took on Roaring Fork's Rams on Thursday, Sept. 13, at Delta Middle School stadium and faced Battle Mountain in Edwards on Saturday.
Against the Rams, defense was the name of the game as the usually potent Roaring Fork offense was held to one goal in the first half before a second half rally netted two goals for a 3-0 win. Lalo Clement scored twice for the Rams and Enrique Abarca once to account for Roaring Fork's scoring.
Delta coach Elaine Wood knew going into Edwards the Huskies were a team to be cautious with. As it turned out, the Panthers played a strong defensive game once again and lost to the 4A WSL leaders 3-0.
Battle Mountain's Joe Lybarger found the back of the net for two goals and Chris Shea scored once to lead the Huskies to their fifth win against no losses.
In a conversation with Wood on Monday morning the excitement was still in the Delta coach's voice. "This was a tough defensive game. We played them (Battle Mountain) different and played a solid defensive game. Battle Mountain is a top team and is rated in the top five in the state. I was proud of the way we played. We felt as though we had won the game."
Battle Mountain took only seven shots in the match and the Panthers had three shots on goal.
In the 4A WSL, Delta finds themselves well down in the standings despite having played many of their foes close.
Photo by Wayne Crick
Delta goalkeeper Felix Heinz kicks the ball out of the goal area against Roaring Fork last week at Delta Middle School stadium. Watching the play is Agustin Pantoja. Roaring Fork scored a goal in the first half and two more times in the second half to record a 3-0 victory. The Panthers visited Edwards, and the Battle Mountain Huskies, on Saturday where they fell 3-0.
Battle Mountain is the league leader at 3-0-0 in league and 5-0-0 overall. Close behind the Lady Huskies is Summit whose record is 3-0-0 and 4-1-0. Steamboat Springs is listed third at 2-2-0 and 3-2-0, Palisade is fourth with its 2-2-0 and 2-2-0, and Eagle Valley is fifth at 2-3-0.
Sixth place belongs to Rifle (1-2-0 and 2-2-0) and Delta is listed seventh at 0-3 and 2-5 overall. Glenwood Springs is in the cellar with a record of 0-3-0 and 1-3-0.
Delta is looking at a three-game run starting on Sept. 18 in Coal Ridge at 4 p.m. Next for the Panthers is Eagle Valley in Delta on Saturday at 12 noon and on Tuesday, Sept. 25, Delta travels to Aspen for a match beginning at 4 p.m.