Eaton, Mulcahy lead WSL champion ‘Horns soccer
The Basalt girls soccer team is starting its season a little later than many area teams, but that’s probably a good thing.
For one thing the weather hasn’t been the most conducive to soccer recently, but, more important, many of the Longhorns’ players were busy at the state basketball tournament last weekend.
“We’re used to it,” Basalt coach Heather Walker said. “I think we’ll be fine, and the girls are in good shape.”
Basalt opens its season today with a nonleague game against Faith Christian at 4 p.m. The contest will be played at Stubler Memorial Field at Glenwood Springs High School because the Basalt field is still to wet for play.
The Longhorns went undefeated in the Class 3A Western Slope League last season and finished the year with a record of 14-2 overall.
It’s only two losses came to Class 5A Central High School in Grand Junction and D’Evelyn in the state tournament.
The Longhorns lost 3A Western Slope player of the year Molly McGrath to graduation, but Basalt certainly brings back some offensive firepower in senior Mariah Mulcahy and junior Ashley Eaton.
Mulcahy, a forward, tallied 23 goals and six assists last season, while Eaton notched 17 goals and 22 assists. Both players were first-team, all-league selections, and Eaton will take over McGrath’s spot at center midfield.
“We still have a pretty strong team and pretty strong offense,” Walker said, “and Ashley’s got a lot of ball skill like Molly did.”
Joining Eaton at the midfield is senior Sam Hoffman.
Defensively, senior Makenzie Holmes and junior Rochelle Moebius anchor the crew.
The unknown for the Longhorns is the goaltender position. Last year’s keeper, Autumn Caughern, isn’t out for the team this season, but Walker said she has five players competing for the starting spot.
Basalt travels to play Vail Mountain for another nonconference game at 11 a.m. Saturday. The game will be played at Eagle Valley.
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