BHS girls soccer falls in double overtime
March 31, 2002
The Basalt High School girls soccer team stumbled in its second game of the season Saturday, losing a double-overtime match to host Grand Junction Central 2-1.
Grand Junction managed a goal early in the first half against Longhorns goalie Autumn Caughern, leaving the game 1-0 at the half.
“They played a lot better than us in the first half,” BHS coach Heather Walker said. “We were a lot better in the second half, and worked really hard on a lot of offensive plays, and we finally scored to send it into overtime.”
Junior Mariah Mulcahy put BHS on the scoreboard in the second half off an assist from freshman Sofie Stenstadvold, sending the match into its first round of overtime. Basalt kept pace with Grand Junction until the second bout of OT, when a Central cornerkick resulted in the game-winning goal.
The loss might be the result of bad scheduling, Walker said. Four girls just returned from spring break trips in time for the first game of the season, and much of the team is just coming off of an extended basketball season that ended at the Class 3A state tournament.
“Being in shape for basketball is different from being in shape for soccer,” Walker said.
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On Tuesday, the Longhorns (1-1 on the season after a win over Telluride last Thursday) will face Roaring Fork in Carbondale in the team’s first league game of the season. BHS will be looking to improve on the impressive end of last season, which sent the Longhorns to the state playoffs.
The team might have a chance, Walker said – the Longhorns lost a few girls to graduation last year, but much of the team is back for another year of play.
“We lost a little bit of speed from last year, but not too much,” she said. “We should be pretty good – that loss … we weren’t planning on that.”
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