Basalt’s roll continues with win over CRMS |

Basalt’s roll continues with win over CRMS

Basalt's Kat Fitzpatrick scores in the first half of Monday's 10-0 win over CRMS. (Mark Fox/The Aspen Times)

The Basalt girls soccer team is clicking, so much so that coach Chris Woods made a bold statement Tuesday after his team’s 10-0 win over Colorado Rocky Mountain School.”I don’t wanna jinx anything, let me preface that, but I think this is the best team we’ve had,” Woods said. “It’s a credit to the teams in the past. These girls have grown up watching the other teams and have learned from past mistakes.”The current cast of Longhorns has learned well. Basalt (8-0-1, 6-0) scored nine goals in the first half Tuesday, adding a 10th just two minutes into the second, which prompted officials to call the game. Six different Longhorns scored at least one goal, and the defense did not allow a shot on keeper Dayne Toney. In fact, when the team conversed during intermission, Woods said his sweeper, junior Katy Mulcahy, told him she had yet to touch the ball. She wound up with one touch in the game.

“The girls played well, and Katy didn’t get the ball because our midfielders didn’t let the ball get past them,” Woods said. “When people say Dayne isn’t getting any touches, it’s because we have great defenders. We were efficient today.”Efficient? More like dominant: Junior Katie Staerkel and sophomore Kat Fitzpatrick had three goals and two assists apiece. Freshman Melissa Stewart scored once and assisted on three others. Senior Maddie Hoffman and sophomore Jessi Graf each added a goal, and junior Sam Christensen scored what proved to be the game-ender in the 42nd minute. What impressed Woods most was that there were no individual goals, only passes to the wing, perfectly timed crosses and crisp shots that yielded clean scores. During halftime, Woods advised his girls to maintain intensity.”I told them I wanted to get it over and done with quickly,” Woods said. “I told them to keep playing hard and not to relax.”

After being visibly disappointed with his team’s effort in Thursday’s 5-0 win at Roaring Fork, Woods said he was searching for consistency. Since then the Longhorns have outscored Rangely and CRMS, 18-0. His team excelled Tuesday despite the absence of two starters: Kate Wilson and Alyssa Leslie are on a school trip in Washington, D.C.Woods has reason to believe this year’s squad is among the best in school history. The undefeated Longhorns are outscoring the competition 44-0 in six Western Slope contests. In nine games, the Longhorns have scored 52 goals while allowing only two.Woods is becoming accustomed to such feats.”My girls keep impressing me,” Woods said. “We keep playing up to our level against good teams and still continue to play well against other opponents.

“I don’t care about the goals. I don’t care if it’s 2-0. I just want to be playing well.”He can’t argue with the results.Jon Maletz’s e-mail address is

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