Battle Mountain wins 1st state soccer championship |

Battle Mountain wins 1st state soccer championship

Chris Freud/Vail Daily

— It was the perfect end to a perfect season.

Battle Mountain soccer toppled the No. 1 team in the state, Palmer Ridge, 1-0, in a snowstorm in penalty kicks (4-2) at Dick's Sporting Goods Park on Saturday for its first state title, wrapping a perfect 20-0 season.

After Heivan Garcia snapped the clinching penalty kick, the Huskies joyfully accepted the 4A state-championship trophy. Joe LyBarger was the first to grab it.

"Unexplainable," LyBarger said. "It's just amazing. Everything happens in slow motion. You're just like, 'Finally, it's happened.' I don't even know."

Not too bad for a sixth seed, too. The underrated Huskies finished their perfect season by beating No. 3 Evergreen, No. 2 Broomfield and finally the top-seeded Bears in their final three games.

Read the full story at the Vail Daily’s website.

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