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Longhorns outshine Pearls

Post Independent Photo/Kelley CoxBasalt High Schools Katheryne Fitzpatrick, 1, sends the ball to midfield in a game Monday afternoon against CRMS in Carbondale.
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The Basalt girls soccer team is having fun. And they are looking forward to that game of paintball coach Chris Woods mentioned before the Longhorns have their first Class 3A state playoff game. “It’s never tough to motivate (the team),” Woods said after Monday’s 6-0 win over Colorado Rocky Mountain School. “The big thing now is just to keep them fresh.”And to keep having fun.Maddie Hoffman and Katie Staerkel put smiles on their teammates’ faces after giving the Longhorns a 2-0 lead over the Pearls 20 minutes into the first half.

Credited with an assist on Hoffman’s score, Staerkel pounded home four of Basalt’s five additional goals in the contest, raising her season total to 27.The Longhorns upped their lead to 3-0 when Staerkel scored just before halftime on a rare assist from goalie Jessi Graf, who also made eight saves in the game. Katherine Fitzpatrick netted her seventh goal of the year in the 60th minute, and Basalt was up by five. Staerkel notched goals four and six on assists from Sophie Stenstadvold and Emily Burk in the 51st and 66th minutes, respectively.

Despite Basalt’s big score on the host Pearls, Woods was impressed with CRMS’s play.”(CRMS) is definitely improved,” he said. “They have some fast forwards and a good keeper, and they definitely have a home-field advantage with the long grass they have on their field.”The 9-0 (11-3 overall) Longhorns, who clinched the 3A Western Slope League championship and the first-round state-playoff bye that goes with it, will finish the league season unbeaten if they defeat Roaring Fork today at home.”I can’t see us rolling over,” Woods said. “Its senior day, and our three seniors on the team won’t allow that to happen.”CRMS finished its season Monday with a 4-6-0 league and overall mark.


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