Basalt High boys soccer collects first victory
The Aspen Times
The Basalt High School boys soccer team kicked its way into the win column this week.
The Longhorns knocked off Class 4A Eagle Valley 2-1 in double overtime at the BHS soccer field on Thursday night.
“It really was an exciting victory,” Basalt head coach Brent Hayes said. “The kids played super hard.”
He said the Longhorns, who have been devastated by eligibility casualties early this season, battled back in spite of giving up a lead to the Devils with only two minutes left in the match.
Basalt was leading 1-0 with visions of a victory when Eagle Valley stole the momentum with a late goal to force overtime.
“It was heartbreaking when they scored (late),” Hayes said.
The Longhorns finally finished the victory on Erick Chavez’s goal in extra time.
“If we stay healthy, we will be in good shape,” Hayes said, adding that Longhorns will have limited numbers because of the eligibility losses.
Five potential starters this season were lost to grades, the Basalt coach.
“It’s been a tough year,” he said, adding that when the Longhorns took on Aspen in the season opener there were 13 Basalt players who had never been in a high school match before.
Hayes said the victory for Basalt was building after a pair of strong performances last weekend against Front Range soccer powers.
The Longhorns lost a tight 1-0 match to Denver Christian.
Then, the Skiers played Kent Denver in a 4-0 game.
“That was a battle,” he said of the match against Kent.
“We’re still a work in progress,” said Hayes. “We have to keep working hard, and we’ve got to stay healthy.”
The Longhorns will host Rifle next Thursday, Sept. 11.
Then, the next Tuesday, Sept. 16, Basalt will travel to play a conference game at Rifle.
The Bears dropped down to the Class 3A ranks in boys soccer this season.
The league match in Rifle will be part of the Bears’ homecoming festivities. It will be played under the lights.
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Peter Arnold’s playing career ended after high school, but his time on the ice continues a few decades later. A longtime USA Hockey official and new Aspen resident, Arnold is searching for the next generation of hockey referees among the youth ranks here in the Roaring Fork Valley.