Basalt bests shorthanded Coal Ridge |

Basalt bests shorthanded Coal Ridge

Anthony Dion
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Chad Spangler Post Independent

PEACH VALLEY, Colorado ” Coal Ridge hung tough with the Longhorns from Basalt for 87 minutes despite being without four starters due to suspension or issues otherwise rendering them ineligible before succumbing to a 1-0 defeat in the second half of overtime.

In a matchup between two teams at opposite ends of the Class 3A Western Slope League (Region 7), Basalt (6-3-3 overall, 6-0-3 league) poured on the pressure against the Coal Ridge (2-10-0, 1-8-0) defense throughout the first half but was unable to capitalize on a multitude of opportunities.

The Longhorns dominated in shots on goal, with 17 to the Titans’ two. However, Titans goalkeeper Arrick Peck was outstanding.

Peck kept the Longhorns off the scoreboard through the entirety of regulation play, giving his shorthanded Titans squad an excellent chance to come up with the upset.

With just two shots on goal, though, the upset never really took shape.

Perhaps it was a result of missing four starters and having relatively no bench. Either way, the Titans were just unable to generate any consistent offense against a tough Basalt squad.

Coal Ridge had two players receive red cards in their last game against Vail Mountain on Tuesday. Two other starters were ineligible for undisclosed reasons.

“We knew it was going to be a tough game, I was just really impressed that we were able to hold on that long,” said Coal Ridge head coach Brian Blair. “(Peck) just kept his mind on the game the whole time with a lot of pressure in front of him. It was impressive.”

Even with all of their chances, it wasn’t until the second minute of the second overtime period that Basalt finally cracked the scoreboard. The Longhorns took a direct kick from about 30 yards out on the near sideline, sending the ball inside the goal box on the far post and senior Craig Riggins was able to put a head on it and slide it past the outstretched arms of Peck.

“It was perfect,” Riggins said of the ball from his teammate. “We did everything to get it down there.”

With the goal, the game ended and Basalt celebrated the much-needed victory when it appeared a draw was in order. The win enabled the Longhorns to keep pace with 3A WSL-leading Hotchkiss, whom they play next week.

“Their goalie was very good ” 17 shots he saved. It’s making me an old man,” a relieved Basalt head coach John McDermott said. “We just couldn’t finish continually. We controlled the midfield a lot but we let them get back into the game too many times.”

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