Basalt, Aspen girls both win by shutout
Getting off on the right foot for their regular-season finales this week, the Basalt and Aspen high school girls soccer teams won by shutout on Saturday.Basalt, which clinched its eighth consecutive Class 3A Western Slope League title last week, beat nonleague opponent Montrose 3-0 on the road. Meanwhile, in Aspen, the AHS girls routed woeful Rangely 9-0 to hang on to the No. 2 slot in the league standings.For Basalt, sophomore striker Katie Staerkel once again paved the way. Staerkel had two goals and an assist to boost her season-long total to 23 goals, 10 assists. Junior forward Maddie Hoffman added the third goal, and freshman midfielder Katherine Fitzpatrick tallied two assists.Freshman Dayne Toney and junior Darbi Scherer split halfs in goal and combined for the shutout.With two games to play – today at the Colorado Rocky Mountain School and Tuesday at home against Roaring Fork – Staerkel is poised to overtake the Class 3A leaders in scoring: Marissa Ranberger of Faith Christian (25 goals, 9 assists) and Kristi Brovsky of Maranatha Christian (23 goals, 11 assists). Apparently, no Basalt girl has ever won the overall scoring title.And according to Basalt coach Chris Woods, Ranberger and Brovsky’s teams have already concluded their regular season schedules.”Katie’s obviously aware of it and it’s something for her to aim for, but it’s not a huge priority – it’d just be nice,” said Woods. “I’m not going to purposely keep her out there just to get some goals. But I think she’ll be fine. She’s just got that goal-scoring drive, and she’s just doing it so naturally at the moment.”For Aspen, the Skiers ran up a 6-0 advantage at halftime.Junior forward Emily Hassall scored a hat trick and had a pair of assists, sophomore midfielder Taylor Buzbee scored two goals and had an assist, and sophomore Jordan Karlinski, freshman Grace Seigle and junior Kaitlin Roos scored one apiece. Steffi Klawiter had two assists and Seigle and Elyse Boelens had one each.Junior Carly Magill and Hassall combined for the shutout.Aspen coach John Gillies called the win “just what we needed to bounce back from the Basalt defeat last Thursday. And it’s nice because it was the girls’ prom night, so they were all in great moods.”On Tuesday, Aspen hosts Vail Mountain at 4 p.m. to close the regular season.”And it’s a battle for second place,” said Gillies. “And Tuesday is what it’s going to come down to, I think, because Vail’s been winning a lot of games.”Tim Mutrie’s e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org
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The third weekend of play begins Thursday and runs through Sunday with the Bantam B, Squirt A and Squirt B divisions. Because of safety protocols, spectators aren’t allowed.