Prep round-up: Basalt soccer starts slow in Tuesday loss to Vail Mountain | AspenTimes.com

Prep round-up: Basalt soccer starts slow in Tuesday loss to Vail Mountain

It was better late than never for the Basalt High School girls soccer team on Tuesday against visiting Vail Mountain School, but it still wasn't enough to overcome a hefty halftime deficit with the league title hanging in the balance.

"We didn't start fast enough and we didn't have enough time to finish it," Basalt coach Andrew Huntsman said. "I was incredibly proud and I thought that second half they accelerated and they played better and better and better as time went on and the time just ran out. That's what happens when you start slow."

A win Tuesday in what was the regular-season finale for the Longhorns would have put them in position to win the outright league title. The 4-2 loss, however, means the league title will come down to today's showdown between Vail Mountain (10-2 overall, 8-0 league) and visiting Coal Ridge (10-4, 8-1).

VMS, ranked No. 9 in Class 3A in this week's media poll, looked like the superior team from the start of Tuesday's game in Basalt. The Gore Rangers scored goals in the 8th, 23rd and 38th minutes of the first half to lead 3-0 at the break.

"It's very hard to come back from 3-0," Huntsman said. "But I also told them they had this opportunity to do something great."

Basalt sophomore Stella Scott had a shot clank off the post in the first minute of the second half, a goal that could have changed the flow of the game. As it was, Vail Mountain would be the first to score after the break, a goal with about 28 minutes to play making it 4-0.

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With players like senior Callie Card trying to push the team onward on the field, the Longhorns came to life late. With eight minutes to play, Scott did get her goal to make it 4-1, and freshman Sasha Brucker scored with less than four minutes on the clock to make it 4-2.

BHS had a few more chances to score after that, but eventually time simply ran out.

"At the end of the day, I'm incredibly proud of my girls and where they are right now. Vail Mountain is a great team," Huntsman said. "I still have a lot of young girls. We are not as polished as we don't execute as well as a more mature team, like Vail Mountain. And we saw that today. But I enjoyed every bit watching it on both sides. I thought it was good soccer."

Basalt ends the regular season with an 11-4 record, having gone 8-2 in league play. The Longhorns now await their postseason fate, which will be determined when the state playoff brackets are released this weekend. BHS hasn't made the postseason since 2014, but with an RPI of 17 as of Tuesday evening should safely be in the field this season.

"Now it's a waiting time," Huntsman said. "It gives us time all week to practice and work on what we need to, get our aches and pains taken care of and hopefully something good comes out on Sunday."

Aspen girls soccer wins again

The Aspen High School girls soccer team also had its final regular-season home game Tuesday, cruising to a 7-0 win over Vail Christian. It was the seventh consecutive win for the Skiers, who improved to 10-4 overall and 8-2 in league play.

Aspen has one more game scheduled in the regular season, a Friday trip to Granby to play Middle Park (8-5). Aspen had an RPI of 18 as of Tuesday evening, while Middle Park was No. 15.

Basalt baseball plays Wednesday

The Basalt High School baseball team will host Moffat County at 4 p.m. Wednesday in Basalt. The teams were scheduled to play Tuesday, but wet weather forced the game to be pushed back a day.

It is the final home game of the regular season for Basalt (6-9 overall). The Longhorns still play Saturday at Olathe and Monday at Steamboat Springs to close out the regular season. Moffat County enters today's game 5-8 overall. The Bulldogs and Longhorns played once this season, a 9-6 Basalt win on March 16 in Craig.

The Aspen High School baseball team played at Cedaredge Tuesday, losing 10-1. The Skiers (5-11) play at Grand Valley on Thursday before hosting Moffat County on Saturday in a regular-season ending doubleheader.

acolbert@aspentimes.com

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