Basalt dodges bullet against Roaring Fork
Felipe Sanchez scored a hat trick and the Basalt High boys soccer team dodged a bullet, coming from behind to beat Roaring Fork 3-2 in overtime Saturday in Carbondale.Basalt and Roaring Fork played to a 1-1 tie in the first half, but Roaring Fork went up 2-1 in the second.Only about five minutes remained in regulation when Sanchez scored his second goal to tie it at 2-all and force overtime.About three minutes into the first overtime period, Basalt’s Ryan Zubizaretta sent a cross into the box and Sanchez redirected it in on a diving header for the game-winner. Cy Eaton assisted on Sanchez’s two earlier goals.”We expected a good game from them – we always have a hard time when we’re at Roaring Fork,” said Basalt coach Erik Streff. “We played well but they took advantage of a few opportunities they had on goal and we didn’t capitalize as much as we should of.”Basalt, the No. 2 ranked team in Colorado’s Class 3A according to polls in both Denver newspapers, improved to 6-0-1 in the Class 3A Western Slope League and 9-1-1 overall. Roaring Fork dropped to 2-4-1 in league and 3-8-2 overall.The first time Basalt and Roaring Fork met this season, Sept. 9 at the BHS field, Basalt won handily 5-nil.Basalt is now two league victories away from clinching a fourth consecutive 3A WSL title (and along with it, a top seed in the Class 3A state playoffs).And coach Streff said Saturday’s close call bodes well for his team.”I think the guys realize it’s not just going to be a walk in the park,” he said. “We played well Saturday, but Roaring Fork worked hard and pushed us. And it’s good to get some games like that under your belt, where you have to work through some adversity to come out on top.”Basalt travels to face Paonia today at 4 p.m. The Longhorns host Vail Mountain on Thursday at 4 p.m. and Middle Park on Saturday at 11 a.m. Basalt concludes its regular season schedule next Tuesday at home against Aspen at 4 p.m.
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