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Longhorns open the ‘floodgates’ on VMS

Vail Daily Photo/Shane MacomberVail Mountain School's Lindsay Wright does her best to keep up with Basalt's Maddie Hoffmann Thursday in Vail.

VAIL – After Basalt scored its second goal Thursday afternoon against the Vail Mountain School girls soccer team, Longhorns coach Chris Woods said to his bench, “floodgates.”It was an accurate prediction. Basalt rolled to a 9-0 3A Western Slope win. “When you get a lot of pressure, you just want one or two goals to try to open those floodgates,” Woods said. “(VMS is) a good defensive team. We just couldn’t get a goal. It took us 25 minutes to get a goal. They played well in the back. I just told the girls to be patient and try and get that gate open. I didn’t expect it to be like that.”

Basalt’s Katie Staerkel rang up a hat trick for the second straight game, while Jessi Graf had two. Sofie Stenstadvold, Maddie Hoffman, Brittany Guglielmo and Katherine Fitzpatrick also found the back of the net for the Longhorns.”The first 20 minutes, we were doing a lot of things right,” VMS coach Bob Bandoni said. “But, when you play an opponent like this, if there are any kind of breakdowns any place, they make you pay for it. As I said to the team, we would rather be playing a team like this than the teams we’ve played to this point. It forces us to play to a higher level and it forces us to be honest as to where our weaknesses are.”One positive for VMS was a Michael Busenhart flashback in the second half. Three years ago as a freshman, Boozi made his debut against Basalt coming in cold to face a penalty kick, which he stopped. With Busenhart in the crowd, VMS goalie Della Ellich picked up the ball outside the box – something that Boozi also managed to do during his senior season – and drew a yellow.Ellich was out for the kick and, like Busenhart, Kelsey Peck stepped in for the save and gratefully handed the gloves back to Ellich.

Basalt (2-0 in the Slope and 2-1 overall) hosts Denver Christian at noon Saturday in a rematch of last year’s state semifinal. Roaring Fork finishes knotted at 0-0CARBONDALE – For 80 minutes neither Aspen nor Roaring Fork could find the back of the net in Thursday’s 3A Western Slope League girls soccer game.

After five minutes of overtime, still nothing. Five more, still nothing, and it was time to call it a double-overtime tie.”I think both teams had some good opportunities,” Roaring Fork forward Carly Velasquez said. “We didn’t finish, but that will come.”Whitney Campbell and Annie Leslie split time in net for Roaring Fork for the shutout.Roaring Fork moves to 0-1-1 in league play (0-2-1 overall), while Aspen moves to 1-0-1 (2-2-1).

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