Basalt soccer clinches league title – barely |

Basalt soccer clinches league title – barely

For a clinching game, it was hardly decisive.

While the Basalt High boys soccer team escaped Carbondale Saturday with a 3-2 win over Roaring Fork, it was a slim, uncertain victory for a Longhorn team that also claimed a third consecutive Class 3A Western Slope League championship in the process.

Basalt, which remains unbeaten in league play at 8-0 and is 9-2 overall, trailed Roaring Fork 2-1 at the half, a vastly different story from the Sept. 4 match-up, when Basalt blasted Roaring Fork 6-1 at home the first time around.

Basalt’s sophomore ringer Felipe Sanchez scored in the first half, and sophomore Ben Pollack tied it up with a goal in the second half, according to Basalt coach Erik Streff.

With nine minutes to play, Sanchez found the back of the net again to put Basalt ahead for good.

“It was a little spooky for it to be that close,” said Streff, “and for some reason it seems to happen every time we go down there. It comes down to finishing really – we must have had 30 shots on goal, and we couldn’t get any breaks – but to their credit, their defense played tough all game.”

Three games remain on Basalt’s regular season schedule: Vail Mountain on Thursday at home at 4 p.m.; Trinidad Catholic on Saturday at home at 11 a.m.; and at Aspen on Tuesday, Oct. 14, at 4 p.m.

“We’re trying to learn from every game to prepare us for the playoffs,” Streff said. “We have to look at every team as a danger, and all you have to do is look at Roaring Fork to realize that – we barely came away with the win.

“Vail and Aspen are probably the top two other teams in our league, and we need to be wary of them, too, because they’re fighting for playoffs spots as well.”

In the meantime, today at 4 p.m. at the Aspen High field, Aspen hosts Roaring Fork in another league showdown.

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