BHS girls soccer wins eighth straight
April 19, 2002
In a 13-0 rout of Olathe on the road, the Basalt High School girls soccer team won its eighth-straight match of the season Thursday afternoon.
Junior forward Mariah Mulcahy scored four goals and senior striker Molly McGrath added three in the victory. Even Autumn Caughern, the Lady Longhorns’ sophomore goalie, figured into the scoring. After shutting out Olathe through three-quarters of the game, she moved up to forward and found the twine on the opposite side of the field she usually defends for Basalt’s final goal of the day.
“We probably looked the best we’ve looked yet,” said BHS coach Heather Walker. “Our passing was great and our defense was solid. They’re all making great runs, talking a lot, and everyone is pretty much where they’re supposed to be.”
Basalt improved to 9-1 overall and 7-0 in Class 3A Western Slope League play. And as the only unbeaten team in the league, the three-time defending league champs moved closer to claiming title No. 4.
“Olathe played decently. They kept a good attitude the whole game and they never quit, so that was good for both of us,” Walker said.
Brittany Pollock scored two goals for Basalt, and Sam Hoffman, Stephanie Kemp and Ashley Eaton each scored one. Both Eaton and McGrath ranked in the top five of scoring leaders in Colorado Class 3A division.
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Basalt, a team that had been ranked no higher than No. 4 in state polls, is now ranked No. 2, behind Faith Christian. Last year, Basalt advanced to the final four of the Class 3A state playoff, further than ever before in school history.
“The Metro Division is the strongest and when you’re playing in a division that’s a little weaker, I guess it takes time for people to take notice of you,” Walker said. “But we’ve been continually improving all year long and everyone has a great attitude about pushing harder.”
Basalt is off until next Thursday when it hosts Montrose. In the meantime, Walker said the team will wearing running shoes, not soccer cleats.
“We’re going to do some running and some team hikes,” Walker said. “We’re just glad to have five days off with no games so we can work hard.”
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