Basalt’s first-half scoring beats Rams |

Basalt’s first-half scoring beats Rams

Joelle MilholmGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado
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CARBONDALE – Basalt controlled the ball about as well as a soccer team can in the first half of its game with neighboring rival Roaring Fork on Tuesday, and it led by four goals in the opening frame.While the Longhorns didn’t score again in the match, the effort was enough to land a 4-1 victory. “We started off really well. We kinda slipped back a little in the second half, but it’s coming,” said Basalt head coach John McDermott. “I can feel it. Everybody wants you to score 10 goals, but that’s not how we play.”Ten minutes into the game, Mikie Eaton passed to Matt Whittier, who was left with a one-on-one versus Ram goalie Torrey Udall. Whittier won the battle, firing a line drive to the far post to put the Longhorns up 1-0.

In a matter of 10 seconds in the 15th minute, Longhorn Toby Bopp capitalized on a few Roaring Fork errors and netted two more goals for Basalt. On his first score, Udall deflected his shot, but not wide enough to avoid the goal. On the second, Bopp took the ball right off the kickoff, and feeding on Ram errors, blasted another shot in the goal.”They train hard,” McDermott said of his team. “They train fast, short spurts, so they can get right in on it, and that’s when Roaring Fork was just a bit disorganized.”Basalt (3-0-0 Class 3A Western Slope League) scored another to close out the half when Kyle Wood drew Udall out of the goal and kicked a roller in the net to put the Longhorns up 4-0 at halftime.The Rams (0-1-1 WSL) played a more balanced game in the second half, minimizing Basalt’s scoring opportunities and creating more of their own. That came as a results of what Roaring Fork head coach John Ackerman preached to his team at halftime: working better together.”We talked about some of our deficiencies, what we weren’t doing well, especially in the midfield,” Ackerman said of his halftime speech. “We’ve got some work to do, that’s for sure.”

Eight minutes into the second frame, Roaring Fork made one of their opportunities count. After a Wylie Adams throw in, the ball lingered in the center of the field, just inside the goal box. It bounced off a few players before Aarick Zeigel got a foot on it and sent a lob over Marshall’s head to get the Rams on the board.

“It was much better. We had a much better second half,” Ackerman said of the Rams’ play. “The lines started working with each other.”That would do it for the scoring in the match, however, as the remaining minutes featured some good shots, but no finishes.”We were still passing, we were still getting the ball where we wanted, we just weren’t finishing and that will come,” McDermott said. “Roaring Fork has got some good players back there. You can’t take that away from them, they’ve got good defense.”The Rams will travel to Paonia in another WSL matchup on Thursday at 4 p.m.

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