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Denver Christian ousts Basalt from soccer playoffs

Dale Strode
The Aspen Times

The end of the soccer season came all too suddenly for the Basalt Longhorns.

The Basalt High School boys soccer team, after giving up a goal with less than 2 minutes to play, lost a tense 3-2 first-round decision to Denver Christian on Friday afternoon in Colorado Springs.

"It was a tough loss," Basalt head coach Brent Hayes said. "It went back and forth, back and forth."

He said the long bus trip left the Longhorns sluggish in the first half, which ended in 1-1 tie.

"We played like we had never seen (field) turf before in the first half," Hayes said.

The Longhorns settled down in the second half, getting a goal from Ivan Loya to go with a first-half goal from Omar Contreras.

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"We played well in the second half. We possessed very well," he said of the Longhorns.

"We … had some chances. But they got the last one," Hayes said.

Denver Christian won with a well-executed attack, a centering pass and a finish in the net. The No. 19 seed Denver Christian improved to 10-6-0.

Basalt, the No. 14 seed, finished the season 10-5-1.

In other first-round matches, Coal Ridge defeated Alexander Dawson, 8-0. Roaring Fork lost 1-0 to Fountain Valley.

dstrode@aspentimes.com

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