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Basalt girls perfect so far

BASALT The numbers don’t lie.Basalt’s girls soccer team has scored a remarkable 28 goals in its first four games while allowing zip.That’s seven goals a game -exactly what the Longhorns netted Tuesday in Carbondale in a shutout of rival Roaring Fork.Senior striker Katie Staerkel scored her ninth, 10th and 11th goals of the season, and sophomore Melissa Stewart added a goal and two assists.Meanwhile Basalt goalie Dayne Toney had to make two saves to preserve the Longhorns’ perfect goals-against mark. Roaring Fork was close to breaking that streak, but a shot with five minutes remaining bounced off the post.”They nearly had one,” said Basalt head coach Chris Woods. “We had 10 players on the field, and one of their players had a real nice shot.”Stewart netted the first goal off an assist from junior Kat Fitzpatrick, then assisted junior Alia Munger to give the Longhorns a 2-0 lead. Staerkel scored the next pair off assists from junior Hailey Guglielmo and Stewart. Guglielmo added Basalt’s fifth score before the half off an assist from Amy Brumet.Staerkel notched her hat trick with an unassisted score at the start of the second half, and freshman Nicole Booth finished the scoring with an assist from Alyssa Leslie.Woods praised Rams goalie Alli Zeigel, who stood up tall against Basalt’s talented front line.”She had some great saves and was really aggressive,” he said. “We came out really flat today, and it wasn’t our best performance by far. I think there was a bit of a hangover from the win over Olathe, but at least we got a good run.”The Longhorns face their biggest test so far Saturday when Manitou Springs – currently third in the Rocky Mountain News 3A rankings – travels to Basalt. The Longhorns also face another top 10 team in St. Mary’s at 4 p.m. Friday – one day before Aspen plays the same team.Nate Peterson’s e-mail address is npeterson@aspentimes.com


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