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Chiarelli, Basalt girls topple Roaring Fork

Jon Maletz
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado
Jim Ryan Special to The Aspen TimesThe Longhorns' Noel Chiarelli collides with Roaring Fork goalkeeper Alli Zeigel while chasing down a loose ball Tuesday at Basalt High School. The Longhorns won, 6-0.
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BASALT – After going scoreless for 140 consecutive minutes in two previous games against Aspen and Vail Mountain School – both draws – Basalt’s Noel Chiarelli said she and her teammates were hungry for a win Tuesday.

Chiarelli sure did her part against visiting Roaring Fork. The Longhorns’ leading scorer found the net twice in both the first and second halves. Basalt scored four times in the final 40 minutes and were never tested in a dominant 6-0 win.

The drought is over.

“This was much better. We’re back to form,” Basalt head coach Makenzie Eshelman said. “When this team is on, they’re pretty formidable.”

Chiarelli had two open looks in the game’s first 11 minutes, but watched helplessly as both shots sailed over the crossbar.

“I was really frustrated,” said the junior, who has scored 12 times in seven games. “I knew I had to take more time, take one more touch around.”

One Longhorns assistant coach advised Chiarelli to take some velocity off her shots. She did just that – with favorable results.

In the 19th minute, Chiarelli beat a defender, then lofted the ball over the outstretched fingertips of Rams goalkeeper Alli Zeigel and into the net.

Two minutes before the half, Chiarelli stretched the advantage to two. Teammate Julia Kapustka fired a shot, corralled the deflection and alertly passed off to Chiarelli, who tapped the ball into a wide-open goal.

In the 50th minute, shortly after teammate Tori Kungli scored on Zeigel, Chiarelli picked up the hat trick.

“Welcome back, Noel!” Eshelman shouted.

“Basalt has got a real great junior and senior team going on. … They’re quick on the ball, just decisive. They’re very decisive and very confident,” said Roaring Fork head coach John Ackerman, who fielded just one senior Tuesday. “Basalt gets a hold of the ball and just fires it off.”

Chiarelli scored once more in the 66th minute, then was greeted by Eshelman and her teammates after being taken out of the game.

Katie King added one more goal for good measure in the 71st minute for the Longhorns (6-0-3), who have scored six or more goals in five of nine games.

“This is a good start to the week,” Chiarelli said. “We have to keep going forward.”

Basalt hosts Grand Valley at 4 p.m. Thursday, then Coal Ridge at 4 p.m. Saturday in a battle of 3A Region 4’s top teams.


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