After controversial whistle, Basalt soccer left with another tie |

After controversial whistle, Basalt soccer left with another tie

HOTCHKISS, Colo. ” Another tie for Basalt left head soccer coach John McDermott furious.

Not at his players. McDermott thought his team played one of its best games of the season Saturday at Hotchkiss.

What had McDermott still incensed a day later was a crucial hand ball whistle in Basalt’s box midway through the second half that gave Hotchkiss a penalty kick. McDermott said the ref who made the call was “about 80 yards” away, while a ref who saw the play up close never blew his whis­tle.

While McDermott said the call was questionable, its end result wasn’t: Hotchkiss converted the penalty kick, then scored again just a minute later to quickly wipe away Basalt’s two-goal lead.

The teams then battled through the end of regulation and two overtime periods before the match ended in a 2-2 draw.

“We were robbed,” McDermott said plainly when reached Sunday. “My kids played the best game. They just played their hearts out.”

Basalt’s early lead came off scores from seniors Kenny Reyes and Craig Riggins. The Longhorns passed the ball well and had plenty of chances to win even after Hotchkiss knotted the score, but just couldn’t finish, McDermott said.

He added, however, that two goals should have been enough for the win.

“You can’t complain about the refs because that’s all we’ve got,” he said. “I’ve never been more proud of a bunch of kids than yesterday. Everyone played hard. Obviously, Hotchkiss has a good club. They’ve got kids from Delta, Cedaredge, Paonia and Hotchkiss, so it’s a bit like us joining with Roaring Fork. No question, they do have a good team, but they could­n’t get the ball past Marshall [Cleveland] or Austin Johnson.”

The tie left Basalt 5-2-3 overall and 4-0­3 in Region 7. Next up for the Longhorns is a road trip upvalley Thursday for a rematch with rival Aspen at 6 p.m.

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