Basalt finally notches a win
The defending Class 3A Western Slope League champion Basalt High boys soccer team collected their first win of the 2002 campaign 4-2 Saturday over Eagle Valley at the BHS field.
After opening the season with losses to two nonleague opponents, Holy Family Aug. 31 and Palisade last Thursday, Basalt returned to its winning form in its league and home opener vs. Eagle Valley Saturday. Basalt opened a 2-0 lead at halftime and cruised to the 4-2 win, retaining the two-goal cushion throughout.
“We came out strong. The guys just came out ready to play,” said Basalt coach Erik Streff.
Basalt senior Spencer Cleveland scored the first goal, assisted by sophomore Mitchell Reed. Freshman Felipe Sanchez scored the second, assisted by senior Brady Kahn.
“Felipe’s a really good player,” Streff said of his freshman scoring threat. “He’s stepped up for us this year and I expect him to get better and better as he gets more experience at this level.”
Reed’s goal in the second half lifted Basalt to a 3-0 advantage, and senior Ryan Thompson’s penalty-kick goal answered Eagle Valley’s first goal of the day.
“Eagle Valley has a pretty strong team,” Streff said, “and they passed the ball really well together. I don’t know if we expected that.”
Junior goalie Robbie Parker recorded his first win of the season.
At Palisade last Thursday, Basalt got caught flat-footed at the start and quickly trailed 0-2. Cleveland scored a goal to answer, assisted by Thompson, to cut the deficit to 1-2, but Palisade responded in kind with another goal. Thompson then scored two goals of his own, assisted by Cleveland and sophomore Cy Eaton, respectively, the latter on a free kick to cut the deficit to 3-4 with about ten minutes remaining.
“We went down there looking to improve from our last game,” Streff said, referring to the 6-1 loss to Holy Family Aug. 31, “and they definitely improved in a lot of aspects. But we definitely wanted that win too. It’s disappointing, but we took a lot from it.”
Basalt now stands at 1-2 overall, 1-0 in 3A Western Slope League play.
On Tuesday, Basalt hosts the Colorado Rocky Mountain School at 4 p.m. in a league match at the BHS field.
“We lost a lot of leadership last year and we’re working new people into those roles, and that’s a learning process,” Streff said. “Last year we started kinda slow too, but we rebounded. That’s what we’re looking to do.”
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