Basalt machine downs Aspen 7-1
Senior Cy Eaton scored a hat trick and junior Felipe Sanchez added two goals as the Basalt High boys soccer team dispatched Aspen 7-1 during a rain and lightning squall at the AHS field Wednesday afternoon.Basalt, the No. 2 ranked team in all of Colorado’s Class 3A according to polls in the Denver Post and Rocky Mountain News, opened up a 4-nil lead early in the second half before a nearby lightning strike, and accompanying torrent, prompted game officials to suspend the match for about 30 minutes.Shortly after play resumed, Aspen sophomore Stephen Buzbee scored on a nice, one-time header to halt Basalt’s streak of consecutive shutouts at six games.Basalt, now 5-0-1 in Class 3A Western Slope League play and 8-1-1 overall, has allowed just six goals in 10 games this season (including four in their only losing effort, 4-1, on Sept. 3 against Faith Christian, the No. 1 ranked team in the state and defending 3A state champion).
Aspen dropped to 1-5 in league play and 4-6 overall.Basalt answered Buzbee’s goal with three more before 80 minutes of game time elapsed. And Basalt’s total would have approached double figures were it not for Aspen goalie Fred Bernard, who twice denied Basalt’s Sanchez on gimme opportunities (first a penalty kick, then a breakaway).After the game, all Aspen coach Grant “Junior” Sutherland could say was, “Well, we scored.””We had other chances as well, and against a team as good as this, we have to take something from that,” he said. “I know Basalt’s not going to be too happy about it, either.
“We had six starters out with injuries, so we had a tough go to begin with, but it was also a very good experience for us to be up against this kind of team,” Sutherland continued.Basalt sophomores Trevor Brown and Ryan Zubizaretta each scored one goal and had assists. Juniors Ben Pollock and Luke Caudill, senior Jesse Schoeller and Eaton also made assists for Basalt.Sophomore Nicky Anastas assisted on Buzbee’s goal for Aspen.Junior Jamie Wirkler recorded the victory in goal for Basalt.
For Basalt, which played its last game last Tuesday, it was just good to be in a game situation – especially considering the regular season ends in two weeks and the much-anticipated playoffs open the week after that.”It was great to get out on the pitch again,” said Basalt coach Erik Streff. “The last three games we’ve played have been spread out over three weeks, and now we’ve got five games over the next week and a half to get us ready for playoff time.”Today at 4 p.m. at the AHS field, Aspen hosts Roaring Fork.On Saturday at 2 p.m. in Carbondale, Basalt faces Roaring Fork (the match was originally slated for an 11 a.m. kickoff).”We’re looking forward to cranking it up for the postseason,” added Streff.
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