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Longhorns advance with Regional win

Aspen Times Staff Report

The Basalt Longhorns are in the sweet 16.

The Longhorns crushed Pueblo West 9-0 Tuesday in the Class 3A soccer Regionals to advance to the 16-team bracket of the State Tournament.

Basalt was seeded eighth among the 16 teams and the Longhorns will host a first-round match against St. Mary’s Academy. Time and location of the match will be decided this week by school officials.

Basalt is 9-3-0 while St. Mary’s Academy is 7-3-3.

Basalt’s Longhorns, the regular-season champions of the 3A Western Slope League, won in dominant fashion over Pueblo West.

Basalt’s offensive explosion included three goals from Megan Macuen and two each from Sarah Odenbeck and Stephanie Kemp. Skiers ousted In other Regional action Tuesday, Aspen was eliminated from the playoffs with a 4-2 loss to visiting Lutheran.

Ashley White and Kelli Dangler scored for Aspen during the game that was halted for 45 minutes because of a brief blizzard.

Lutheran scored three times in the second half with all of the goals credited to sophomore Brooke Crandall.

Allison Morgan opened the scoring for Lutheran with a goal, assisted by Alexa Koczman.

The Skiers ended the season 9-5-1.

Lutheran, 10-4-0, will move into the round of 16 in the 3A soccer playoffs against Fountain Valley (9-4-0). Roaring Fork The fledgling Roaring Fork Rams of Carbondale nearly upset heavily favored D’Evelyn on Tuesday in Lakewood, before falling 2-1 on an ill-timed own goal off a Roaring Fork player.

Coach Gail Rippe’s upstart Roaring Fork team overcame a numbers deficit this season and matched up against soccer power D’Evelyn in Tuesday’s 3A Regional.

A goal by Catherine Foulkrod, assisted by Caroline Cretti, gave the Rams a 1-0 lead at Trailblazer Stadium in Lakewood. But the Jaguars from the relatively new Jefferson County school rallied with two goals and the win. D’Evelyn has been in the playoffs the past two seasons. Two years ago the Jaguars eliminated Aspen in a shootout. 3A pairings In other 3A state pairings, announced Wednesday by CHSAA, Battle Mountain will take on D’Evelyn in Lakewood. The Huskies are 9-3-0 on the year. D’Evelyn is 8-6-1.

Other pairings include Kent Denver (11-0-1) vs. Ouray (1-8-0). Kent Denver was seeded No. 1.

No. 2 seed Colorado Academy (12-0-2) will take on No. 15 Telluride (7-4-1).

Third-seed Colorado Springs Christian (13-0-0) will host Nederland (2-9-0). No. 4 Denver Christian (11-3-1) will host St. Mary’s of Colorado Springs (9-4-0).

No. 6 Faith Christian (8-4-1) will play Evangelical Christian Academy 9-4-0). Winners advance to the 3A quarterfinals May 12. Rifle eliminated The area Class 4A team in the playoffs, Rifle, also lost in the Regionals on Tuesday evening with powerhouse Mullen scoring a 6-0 win in Rifle.

The Bears finished the season 10-5-1.

Mullen, 8-4-1, will advance in the 4A playoffs to take on Mitchell.

Western Slope teams in the 16-team field for 4A soccer include Steamboat Springs and Palisade.

Those two teams, ironically, played for the state championship in 3A girls soccer last year with Steamboat winning the state title. Both schools moved up to 4A this season.


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