Basalt blanks Coal Ridge, 7-0 |

Basalt blanks Coal Ridge, 7-0

Joelle MilholmGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Post Independent/Kelley Cox

PEACH VALLEY – There is a reason Basalt is ranked No. 7 in the state in Class 3A boys soccer, according to RockyPreps.Actually there are a lot. They were all crystal clear on Tuesday, as the Longhorns downed Coal Ridge 7-0 on a wet and soggy Titan home field. Basalt (5-2 overall, 5-0 Western Slope League) showed off its on-target passing, precise ball control, great shots, even better finishing, and, oh yeah, it went to England and trained with some of the top teams during the offseason.

“We had training sessions with Chelsea and Manchester City, we played their U18 teams,” said Basalt head coach John McDermott. “It was a great trip.”Basalt went to work quickly, scoring three goals in the first 10 minutes. Matt Whittier scored the first goal for Basalt with an assist from Toby Bopp. “We came out really flat,” said Coal Ridge head coach Brian Blair, whose team dropped to 0-5 overall and 0-4 in the WSL. “That first goal where a guy pushes it by two or three guys in a row and every single one of them just stops after he’s been beaten. That kind of epitomized what the game looked like to me.”Bopp then got his own goal at 31:30, capitalizing on a pass from Mikie Eaton. Two minutes later Whittier headed a ball to Eaton who kicked it into the back of the net. The game went scoreless for the last 29 minutes of the first half as Basalt took a 3-0 lead into halftime.

Longhorn Christian Gallegos easily scored on a penalty kick 15 minutes into the second half to get the ball rolling for Basalt again. Eaton scored again at 11:20 by finding the back of the goal on a long roller with an assist from Keegan Watts as the Longhorns went up 5-0.With 4:50 left, Kevin Newland hooked up Ryan Mylott for the next Basalt goal, saving the ball from going out of bounds with a perfect kick that landed the ball in front of the goal and in perfect position to be hammered into the net by Mylott.Basalt got its last goal of the game when a shot bounced over the head of Coal Ridge goalkeeper Eric Schmitz and the Longhorns rushed in to score on the open net.”We can sub a lot because we have a lot of extra players that are all the same caliber. At the end my whole second team was out there and they scored two more goals,” McDermott said of his squad.

The ball rarely left Basalt’s offensive side of the field as Coal Ridge only managed five shots on goal all game.”They show us the speed of the game that we need to get to,” Blair said of Basalt, who beat Coal Ridge 2-1 on Sept. 8. “There are moments when we play that fast. When we played them out there, it was back-and-forth. It wasn’t us sitting in our end like it was today.”Next up for Coal Ridge is a rivalry nonleague matchup with the Bears at Rifle on Thursday at 4 p.m.”Maybe a little side-town rivalry will be enough to get us going a little,” Blair said. “Maybe it will get some motivation so we’ll get out there and be fired up from the beginning because these slow starts are frustrating.”

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