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Basalt’s win streak ends in Montrose 3-0

Tim Mutrie
Aspen Times Staff Writer

Basalt’s winning streak was dashed Saturday in a 3-0 loss at Montrose.

After stampeding past league rivals for eight consecutive wins, the last three of which featured hat tricks from junior forward Ukare Sano, the Lady Longhorns’ soccer team was finally outgunned – by a nonleague opponent.

The fleet-footed Montrose team beat Basalt to the ball consistently, BHS coach Heather Walker said, and handed them their second defeat of the season.

Basalt allowed the first goal 35 minutes into the first half, and goals two and three came in the second.

“They’re a real good team and we didn’t play our best,” said Walker.

Montrose, a larger Class 4A school, has only a mediocre record this season, Walker said.

“The big difference is that they were two steps ahead of us every time. We just need to speed up our game and play faster, which is exactly what we’re going to need to do when we open the playoffs,” Walker said.

“So hopefully, this won’t be a totally bad experience.”

Basalt dropped to 10-2-1 overall. Basalt’s other loss came April 3 vs. the nonleague, Class 5A Grand Junction Central, and their sole tie followed two days later vs. Eagle Valley.

Basalt and Eagle Valley remain tied, at 10-0-1, in the race for the Class 3A Western Slope League title.

The two teams will decide it all on Tuesday at 4 p.m. in Eagle, in their regular season finale. Basalt is looking for its fifth-straight league crown, as well as the No. 1 seed to the Class 3A state playoffs from the league, which includes a first-round bye.

“The girls were disappointed to lose 3-0. But they can all see what they needed to do to play better; that we were always a few steps behind,” Walker said.

“The last five or six games we’ve played have been fairly easy wins, so having a game like this before Eagle Valley, well, we’re hoping it makes us play a little harder.”

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