Longhorns knock off Devils in overtime
BASALT ” Shannon Hutton saved her best for the end.
The Basalt senior earned an assist on the tying goal in the 78th minute, then netted the game winner in overtime as the Longhorns rallied from a two-goal halftime deficit to beat Class 3A Western Slope League girls soccer rival Eagle Valley 3-2 Saturday.
“I just told them (at halftime) that this is going to show us our mettle for the year,” Basalt coach Chris Woods said. “I told them to keep peppering them in the second half and (the Basalt players) seemed to step it up another key and didn’t give up.”
Hutton secured the victory for the Longhorns (2-0 WSL, 2-1 overall) by netting a corner kick from Ashley Eaton four minutes into overtime.
Maddie Hoffman supplied the offense during regulation play. The sophomore tallied two goals in the final 18 minutes of the second half after the Longhorns fell behind 2-0 in the first frame.
Ukare Sano and Meghan Stewart assisted on Hoffman’s first goal in the 62nd minute before Hoffman’s game-tying tally on a nice cross from Hutton.
The game between the two perennial league powers didn’t start well for the Longhorns.
“It was frustrating at times,” Basalt coach Chris Woods said. “We probably outshot them 35-5, but it was one of those games. Their first two shots were goals.
“Eagle is a good team and they’ve got some danger people,” he added. “If you don’t capitalize on shots they get one shot and one goal.”
Eagle Valley drops to 2-1 (3-1-1).
Basalt plays league foe Colorado Rocky Mountain School Tuesday in Carbondale.
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