Basalt girls flatten Olathe
BASALT There are blowouts, and then there is what happened in Monday afternoon’s varsity girls soccer game between Basalt and Olathe.Call it the Olathe massacre.The Longhorns, playing on their home field for the first time this season, knocked in seven goals in the first 12 minutes en route to an 11-0 mercy-rule win.Basalt coach Chris Woods said he tried to slow down the rout after his team took a 7-0 lead, but to no avail. Even with Woods emptying his bench and fielding a side of only nine, then eight, Olathe couldn’t stop the onslaught.The match ended before the first half when Longhorns stopper Emily Birk knocked in the 11th goal. Woods hoped to keep it to 10 goals and finish the half, but Birk opted not to pass up a clean shot in front of the goal.”I wanted to play more,” Woods said. “I tried to slow it down a bit, but I couldn’t. It’s pretty disappointing. I don’t think Olathe got the ball once. Not to be mean, but it was like we were playing keepaway with the goalie.”Basalt senior striker Katie Staerkel had four of Basalt’s first seven goals before she took a spot on the bench. Staerkel, the 2005 Western Slope MVP and a first-team all-league selection last season, has eight goals in three games for the undefeated Longhorns (3-0).”Games like these are kind of good, because they reassure you that you’re a good team when you’re dominating,” she said. “I think it would be good if we had some closer games, though, because that’s going to help us more in the long run.”Melissa Stewart, Kat Fitzpatrick, Heather Nemiec, Alyssa Leslie, Carmel Mulcahy, Emily Peetz and Birk were the other Longhorns to score.Next up for Basalt is a matchup at Roaring Fork at 4 p.m. Tuesday.
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