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Basalt’s mix of soccer fortune and skill tops Roaring Fork

Jeff Caspersen
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

CARBONDALE, Colorado” Goalkeeper Anthony Flores’ rocket of a kick hit Basalt’s Austin Johnson square in the back, bounced backward and rolled straight into goal.

That pretty much summed up the day for Flores and Roaring Fork.

That fateful bounce, somehow finding its target in the game’s 13th minute, only gave way to further misfortune for the host Rams, who saw Basalt leave Carbondale with a 3-0 boys soccer win on Tuesday.



“It was kind of wacky,” Johnson, a senior, said. “It was just a lucky goal. I don’t know.”

The Longhorns would not need luck’s intervention from that point on.



When Flores couldn’t hang on to the ball after making an acrobatic stop on a shot by Basalt’s David Gruenefeldt 14 minutes later, teammate Craig Riggins was there to clean up and give the Longhorns a 2-0 lead.

Gruenefeldt went on to add the final goal in the 46th minute, dispossessing a Roaring Fork defender in the Longhorns’ attacking zone and dribbling in up the left flank for an easy score.

Johnson, not exactly enamored with his fortuitous score, figured a more skillful goal or two would follow his.

“I knew we’d get a real one,” he said.

He had reason to be confident.

Basalt put pressure on its counterpart throughout the afternoon, peppering the Rams with 13 shots on goal and controlling the possession battle.

“Basalt came out with such good ball control,” said Rams coach John Ackerman. “It was a good game.”

With the win in the bag, Longhorns coach John McDermott turned his attention to Saturday’s meeting with visiting Hotchkiss, the only other unbeaten team in the 3A Western Slope League (Region 7).

The teams tied in their previous meeting, and it’s more or less a sure thing that Saturday’s winner will come away as the league champ.

“They’ll be ready,” McDermott said of his side, now 7-0-3 in league and 7-3-3 overall. “They’ll definitely be ready.”

“We played a really good game today,” Riggins added. “I think it will carry over.”

Next up for Roaring Fork, now 2-4-3 in league and 2-5-3 overall, is a Thursday date with visiting Coal Ridge.


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