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Basalt soccer drops homecoming game to Eagle

Tim Mutrie

Eagle Valley High School goalie Jason Bagley notched several astounding saves en route to shutting out the Basalt varsity boys soccer team 1-0 at Basalt’s homecoming game yesterday.

The Basalt team (4-6-2 overall, 3-3-1 in league) played Western Slope League opponent Eagle Valley to a scoreless tie at the half, which seemed to bode well for the Longhorns considering they played the first 40 minutes battling against a cold, gusting upvalley wind.

But in the second half, with Eagle Valley going against the wind, Basalt squandered several prime scoring opportunities – many at the timely hands of Bagley – including a penalty shot that missed wide right in the 56th minute.

In the play preceding the Basalt penalty kick, the Longhorns nearly drew first blood off a corner kick that sailed beyond the Eagle Valley goal and was headed by two Basalt players, the latter steering the ball toward the upper left corner. But as Bagley laid out to deflect the shot, an Eagle Valley defender reached up and punched the ball over the net with his hand.

Senior Basalt defender Justin Hood’s penalty kick skidded just wide.

In the 65th minute, Eagle Valley forward Andrew Welker one-timed a crossing pass past Basalt goalie Drew Fuller to put the visitors up 1-0.

Basalt players Spencer Cleveland, Travis Schwan, Taylor Scott, Lloyd Tucker and Tommy Githens rallied the Basalt team for the remainder of the game, but all of the team’s scoring opportunities were spurned by Bagley, who notched his second shutout of the season with yesterday’s win.

“We didn’t play well,” said Basalt coach John Eaton after the match. “To [Eagle Valley’s] credit, they played a better game. We had a few opportunities, but we didn’t capitalize.”

“I was very happy after the first half,” Eaton continued, “but the bottom line is we had a chance to win and we didn’t.”

Eagle Valley coach Dave Marjoram said yesterday’s match was really a continuation of a scoreless tie the two teams to two weeks ago.

“Nobody could score two weeks ago, and it nearly happened again,” he said.

Speaking about his goalie Bagley, the coach said: “He’s got hands of glue. He has the best eye-hand coordination I’ve ever seen in a keeper.”

Basalt’s homecoming festivities continue today with volleyball action at home against Rangely. The varsity match begins at 5:30 p.m., preceded by freshmen and JV games at 3:30 and 4:30 p.m., respectively.

The Basalt varsity football team – revived this year after a three-year hiatus at the varsity level – plays Rangely under the lights at the Basalt Middle School field tonight. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. At halftime of the game, Basalt’s homecoming king and queen will be crowned.

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Posted: Friday, October 13, 2000

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