Basalt wraps up regular season with 3-1 win
GYPSUM – Sometimes you don’t have to be dominating to win a soccer game.
Eagle Valley lost 3-1 to Basalt, but the score does not give an accurate description of the game.
The Devils took more shots than the Longhorns, and Eagle Valley controlled the ball on the offensive side for more than half of the game.
Eagle Valley came out firing, stealing the kickoff from Basalt and moving the ball down the field for the first shots of the game.
However, Basalt recovered and Ukare Sano scored within the first five minutes.
Ten minutes into the game, Devils striker Samantha Phillips broke away for a one-on-one with Basalt’s goalkeeper.
Phillips did not score, but it was an early taste of the Devils’ dangerous offense.
Eagle Valley possessed the ball in Longhorns territory for the majority of the first half.
But Basalt struck again in with a goal from Mariah Mulcahy.
Sano scored again eight minutes into the second half.
The game went back and forth, with both teams battling the violent winds as much as each other.
Twenty minutes in, Brook Buaghfman, who might be nicknamed “the Big Dipper” for her powerful shots that usually come from deeper than twenty yards out and dip into the goal over opposing goalies’ heads, scored with a bomb from twenty five yards out.
Basalt received the title of league champions, and it has a bye into the state tournament.
“We played a good game,” said Basalt coach Heather Walker. “Eagle Valley played a great game, too. I’m relieved to have won. The wind took a lot of the fun out of the game.”
Eagle Valley will play in a regional qualifier on Saturday at home. Seedings will be announced today.
In other Class 3A games, Roaring Fork and Aspen dueled to a 1-all double overtime tie.
Megan Ziegel scored the tying goal in the 60th minute of the contest.
The Rams end the season with a 6-5-1 league record.
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