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Basalt soccer: Longhorns elevate play in rivalry match

Dale Strode
The Aspen Times

The Basalt High School boys soccer team is back in rivalry mode.

The Longhorns pressed co-conference leader Aspen to the brink Saturday before falling 5-2 on three late goals by the Skiers (7-2-0).

"It was a good game for us. It was frustrating, but a good game," Basalt head coach Brent Hayes said. "We kind of ran out of people in the last 15 minutes."

Hayes said the Basalt boys responded after a tough week when the Longhorns played powers Coal Ridge and Vail Mountain School — and then Aspen.

"It was fun to have the Aspen-Basalt intensity back," Hayes said, adding that the Longhorns elevated their play in Saturday's match at Basalt High School's soccer field..

Edwin Del Cid scored on a pair of direct kicks in the first half for the Longhorns.

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Aspen managed a pair of first-half goals to produce a 2-2 halftime tie.

Midway through the second half after a collision in front of the Basalt net, the Longhorns' keeper was forced out of the game.

Within minutes, Basalt lost its center back and a striker to injury.

"But we knew we were in it," Hayes said.

The Skiers managed three goals in the closing minutes for the hard-fought victory.

"I think we matched up better with them than the first time we played," Hayes said of the youthful Longhorns.

He said he is extremely proud of the effort of the Longhorns as they battle in a tough Class 3A soccer league.

The experience they gain in matches against Aspen, Coal Ridge, Vail Mountain, etc., will continue to help the Basalt boys soccer team grow, Hayes said.

"Everybody played hard. Very proud of them," Hayes said, adding that competitive Basalt-Aspen matches are good for soccer in the region.

The Longhorns (4-7-0) will play another rivalry game Tuesday when they travel to Carbondale to take on Roaring Fork (4-2-0).

Basalt will host Moffat County on Oct. 2.