Basalt girls soccer tops Telluride 4-2 in season opener |

Basalt girls soccer tops Telluride 4-2 in season opener

Despite having just one day of practice outside under their belts, the Basalt High girls soccer team opened the season Tuesday with a 4-2 win over Telluride in Grand Junction.

The defending Class 3A Western Slope League Champions broke a 1-1 tie at halftime with three goals in the second to claim victory in their first appearance of the season.

“We were a little disorganized,” said Heather Walker, the Basalt coach who led the Lady Longhorns to their first-ever final four appearance in the Class 3A state playoffs last season. “We had a couple spurts where we played and passed real well, but other than that you could tell we need to get outside a bit more.”

Sophomore Ashley Eaton scored Basalt’s first two goals, assisted by senior Lauren Flood on both occasions. Fresh off the basketball court, senior Molly McGrath converted the third goal on a penalty kick and Flood twined Basalt’s final goal.

Basalt managed to put the game away despite playing a man down for much of the second half, the result of a red card for a handball inside the penalty box about ten minutes into the second.

While Basalt began training indoors on Feb. 23, Walker said the team practiced together outside on Monday for the first time all spring. Over the weekend, grounds crews at BHS plowed snow off the field, she said.

“We had eight players on the basketball team that we didn’t get until yesterday,” Walker said Tuesday, “and we had to let the field dry a couple of days before we could use it. But it’s in pretty good shape. They did a good job with it.”

Basalt travels back to Grand Junction on Saturday to face Grand Junction Central at 11 a.m.

“We’re a very solid team,” Walker said. “We’re trying to get them working together as best we can by the end of the season. Our goal is to be at our best by the end.”

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