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Soccer: Longhorns impress on road, top VMS

Jon Maletz
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado

Jim Ryan/Courtesy photoBasalt's Patrick Reynolds battles a Gore Rangers player for possession on Tuesday at Vail Mountain School.

The Basalt offense continues to roll.

A Longhorns soccer team that erupted for 17 goals in its previous two games – lopsided wins over Grand Valley and Aspen – found the back of the net three times in the first 25 minutes Tuesday at Vail Mountain School. Those efforts were more than enough to help Basalt overcome a second-half lull and secure a 4-1 victory.

“We definitely started out really strong,” Longhorns head coach Brent Hayes said. “While it was good, it would’ve been nice to tack on a couple more insurance goals.”

David Salguero, Elmer Rodriguez and Jerson Orellana notched scores in the opening half, giving the visitors a considerable cushion at the break.

Sean Ryan converted on a breakaway in the second half to give Basalt (5-3) a 4-1 lead and stamp out a VMS rally.

“Their team started flying around to the ball in the second, and we were a little flat. We definitely have some things to work on,” Hayes said. “It feels good to get some victories against good teams. They definitely tested us a lot more today than they have the last few years.

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“We still need to move the ball away from pressure a lot more. We tend to rely a little too much on the short passing and dribbling game. That’s great unless you’re playing teams like Roaring Fork and Coal Ridge; they’re too fast to the ball, and they’ll eat us alive. We also need to work on our intensity, but I don’t think that will be lacking Thursday.”

Basalt opens Region 3 play Thursday at home against valley rival Roaring Fork. The Longhorns won the squads’ previous meeting, 3-2, on Sept. 4. The Rams have lost just once in seven games since.

“By most accounts, we’re going up against the hottest team in the league Thursday. From the sounds of it, they’ve been killing people,” Hayes said. “I think we’ll be ready.”