BHS girls soccer rolls past Olathe
Aspen Times Staff Writer
The Basalt High girls soccer team posted its fourth straight victory Tuesday in a 5-0 rout of Olathe at the BHS field.
Basalt, the defending Class 3A Western Slope League champion, took a 3-0 lead at halftime and shut the door on the match with two insurance goals in the second half.
With the win, the Lady Longhorns improved to 5-1 overall and 4-0 in league play.
“I think they have an opportunity to be great this year,” said Basalt coach Heather Walker, “but it’s up to the players. If they want to put everything into it, they have a great chance to make it to the final game this year. Right now the attitude is good and we’re going to keep practicing hard.”
Basalt junior Mariah Mulcahy broke the ice for the Longhorns with a goal in the first half. Senior Molly McGrath staked Basalt to a 3-0 lead with a pair of goals before the half. Sophomore Ashley Eaton provided the insurance with two scores down the stretch in the second half. Mulcahy and Eaton have now scored in five of Basalt’s six games to date.
“In most of the games, Molly’s marked by two people,” Walker said. “But we’re lucky to have other players who can step up and score. It’s frustrating for Molly, but it doesn’t hurt our scoring too much. And even though Molly’s marked, she’s always in the play somehow, assisting or distributing.
“The girls looked all right, but it was kind of a slow-paced game,” Walker continued. “You can’t yell at somebody when they’re winning 5-0, but you need to have that intensity all year long, and that’s the difference between teams playing in the [Denver] Metro League and teams playing on the Western Slope – that not all the games are very intense here.”
Walker said the entire bench figured into the game Tuesday.
“It’s a hard call when you’re up in a game. You want your starting players to play a full game if necessary, so you don’t want them in the habit of just playing a half,” Walker explained. “But at the same time, you want your bench players to have the experience to be able to contribute.”
Sophomore goalie Autumn Caughern recorded her second career shutout against Olathe.
On Thursday, Basalt travels to Moffat County for a 4 p.m. kickoff.
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