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BASALT – The Trinidad Miners made their shots count.

Outplayed by Basalt for 78 minutes, the Miners scored in the final two minutes of regulation, and again in the first minute of overtime, to upset the Longhorns 2-1 Saturday in the in the first round of the girls soccer Class 3A State Tournament.

BASALT – The Trinidad Miners made their shots count.



Outplayed by Basalt for 78 minutes, the Miners scored in the final two minutes of regulation, and again in the first minute of overtime, to upset the Longhorns 2-1 Saturday in the in the first round of the girls soccer Class 3A State Tournament.

“Their team played harder,” Basalt coach Heather Walker said. “They’re not as good, but they played harder.”



At least in the final three minutes of play.

Lina Munoz got the Miners on the board in the closing minutes, taking a through ball on a breakaway and putting the shot past Basalt goalie Maddie Hoffman on the Miners’ third shot on goal of the game.

The score ignited the No. 12 seed Trinidad.

Off the opening kickoff of overtime, the Miners staged a chaotic bull rush toward the Basalt goal that ended with a Melody Rivera shot in the back of the net and an unlikely upset of fifth-seed Basalt.

That was Trinidad’s fourth shot.

“They were really fired up after the (regulation) goal,” Trinidad coach Camille Gaddis said. “Our girls play with their heart. They may not be the biggest or the fastest, but they play with their hearts.”

While Munoz and Rivera made the most of their offensive opportunities, Trinidad goalie Ashleigh Ackerman deserves the credit for giving the Miners the opportunity have those late goals matter.

The Longhorns peppered the Trinidad keeper with 37 shots in the contest. All but one was turned away by Ackerman.

“They had one great player and that player happened to be their goalie,” Walker said. “We had like 50 shots and couldn’t score.”

The Longhorns did manage to get the better of Ackerman once.

Ashley Eaton, Class 3A’s leading scorer, made a few pretty moves to weave through the Trinidad defense before ripping a shot the Miner keeper couldn’t handle. Ukare Sano poked in the easy rebound for a 1-0 lead midway through the first half.

While Basalt had plenty of other nice moves and played almost exclusively in the Trinidad end of the field, the Longhorns couldn’t get the all-important two-goal lead.

Basalt forwards Sano and Mariah Mulcahy supplied solid offensive pressure throughout the game, and Ashley Eaton was a dominating presence in the midfield. But the shots that didn’t miss just wide or float over the crossbar were gobbled up by Ackerman.

At one point late in the second half, Basalt took six corner kicks in a three-minute span, but never got the bounce it needed to get across the goal line.

While Hoffman’s stats don’t look good, neither of the Trinidad goals can be attributed to goalkeeper error.

“They had two shots on goal and they were both good shots,” said Walker of Trinidad’s scores.

Basalt ends the season with a record of 11-3-1, while Trinidad (12-1-1) advances to the quarterfinal round of the state tournament early this week against fourth-seed Denver Christian.

Contact Sean Kelly: 945-8515, ext 515

sports@postindependent.com


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