‘Horns claim WSL crown, again
The iron curtain defense kept the shutout streak alive as the Basalt Longhorns clinched a seventh-straight Class 3A Western Slope League girls soccer title with their seventh-straight win, 9-0, at Eagle Valley Tuesday afternoon.
Sophomore striker Maddie Hoffman scored a hat trick and seniors Ukare Sano and Ashley Eaton combined for three goals and five assists.
Basalt, 9-0 in the WSL and 11-1 overall, enters its final regular season contest at home against Roaring Fork, re-scheduled for Tuesday at 4 p.m., carrying a 39-0 goal differential from the past seven matches.
“The main thing today was the defense,” said Basalt coach Chris Woods. “(Senior stopper) Maria Jacobsen just swarmed ’em ” vicious, hard tackling. It was quite windy but we played our game hard.”
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Basalt led 3-0 at halftime, then erupted for six goals against the wind after halftime.
“I told the girls, if we can stay strong at the backs in the second half our offense will just turn it on,” Woods said.
Senior goalie Autumn Caughern got the shutout, her seventh of the season. “But she wasn’t really troubled,” Woods said. Eagle Valley dropped to 6-2 in league play (6-4-1 overall).
The streak of seven consecutive league titles predates all the players and coaches in the current program.
“We’re pretty psyched,” said Woods “But we didn’t want to get too excited about the win. We’re just looking forward to next Tuesday.”
Shannon Hutton scored a goal and had one assist, Sophie Stenstadvold and Katie Staerkl scored one apiece, and Meghan Stewart contributed two assists.
And the reward for all this scoring and defense? “I’m giving the girls Friday off to get up prettied up for the prom,” Woods said.
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