Basalt’s season halted by Trinidad
Aspen Times Staff Writer
Fifteen seconds – maybe less.
That’s all it took to end Basalt High’s hopes of a trip to the “great eight” of the Class 3A state soccer tournament.
On Saturday, the BHS girls soccer team lost a 2-1 overtime heartbreaker – and, in the words of one spectator, “jaw-dropper” – to visiting Trinidad in the second round of the Class 3A tourney.
Trinidad KO’d Basalt just 15 seconds into the first sudden-death overtime period on a shot that tipped off the fingers of BHS goalie Maddie Hoffman.
Saturday’s bleak weather might have been to blame for sluggish play on both sides of the field. The snow began falling just before the 10 a.m. kickoff, and both Basalt and Trinidad seemed slow to find their game pace.
Basalt junior Ukare Sano recorded Basalt’s only goal just 15 minutes into the first half. Sano recovered the ball after Trinidad goalie Ashleigh Ackerman deflected an earlier shot, and kicked the rebound into the top of the net.
BHS retained the lead until late in the second half, when Trinidad drew Hoffman out of the net and beat her on a shot with just five minutes left to play.
The 1-1 tie sent the match into overtime, and led to Trinidad’s first impressive play of the day.
Trinidad barely had time to pass the ball as the team drove to the Basalt goal straight from their opening kickoff. It took just a few seconds to push to the end of the field and rip a shot over Hoffman’s head – to end the game.
The Trinidad loss was only Basalt’s third this season – and their only loss to a Class 3A team. The Longhorns dropped two earlier games to larger, 4A opponents Montrose and Grand Junction.
“We really had a good season, and they all improved a lot this season,” BHS coach Heather Walker said. “Some players played a lot better this year, and became an important part of the team.”
Saturday’s season-ender was a disappointment, of course, considering the Longhorns early lead.
“I think we dominated the whole game,” Walker said. “I think they’re just upset because it’s one thing to lose to a team that’s better than you, but …”
But to a team that made one lucky shot? A sad cap to the season for a team that finished in the quarterfinals or “great eight” last year, and made it to the final four in 2001.
“It just wasn’t a good season-ender. Yeah, I would have liked to end the season in Denver [at the playoffs], instead,” Walker said.
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