Basalt ‘freshy’ leaves a mark
BASALT – Basalt’s Jessi Graf set up fellow freshman Alia Munger with a sweet, one-timer goal in the fourth minute against Aspen Tuesday at the BHS field, paving the way for a freshmen coming out party in their first varsity contest versus the rival Skiers.The final tally was 6-1 Basalt, and the “Freshy” (as noted on the Basalt roster) contingent accounted for three goals, three assists and one win.Graf added the second goal on a penalty kick, finishing off a scoring sequence initiated by freshy Katherine Fitzpatrick, whose tumble in the box drew a whistle. Then Fitzpatrick assisted on sophomore Elisabeth Nemiec’s goal, the third and final of the first half. And then Fitzpatrick scored the first goal of the second half, assisted by Munger. And so it went.Well, almost. Things got rougher in the second half, and scrappier. And sophomore Katie Staerkel got in the scoring, and assisting. Junior Maddie Hoffman assisted on Staerkel’s goal, then “Sparkles” returned the favor, setting Hoffman up with a score.Aspen’s lone goal came in the 80th and final minute. A corner kick, Taylor Buzbee sent the ball in toward the box and it deflected off a defender – right into the net.Basalt freshy goalie Dayne Toney recorded the win in net, with help from fellow freshy defender Amy Brumet, who stopped a sure-goal in the first half when Toney was caught out of the net. With the Class 3A Western Slope League victory, Basalt improved to 3-2 overall and 3-0 in league. Aspen dropped to 3-4-1 overall and 2-2-1 in league.Aspen managed to hang with Basalt throughout, disrupting the ‘Horns from ever settling into a rhythm. The goals came, however, in momentary bursts.”We knew they were going to come out and play very aggressive,” said Basalt coach Chris Woods. “Aspen deserves more credit than they get. They play with a lot of heart. But they also seem to have a lot of anger; I think they need to laugh and have fun. Because they gave us a run.””We were getting at them in the first half,” said Aspen coach David Comfort. “But it seemed as soon as we’d get some momentum, they’d deflate us with a goal.”Basalt hosts Vail Mountain at 4 p.m. Thursday.
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The Rifle and Glenwood Springs girls tangled on Tuesday night at Glenwood’s Chavez-Spencer Gymnasium in a 4A Western Slope League contest that carried major implications in the conference standings.