‘Horns pound Paonia 10-1
Felipe Sanchez set up five goals and three Basalt players scored twice as the Longhorns trounced Paonia 10-1 in their Class 3A Western Slope League opener Tuesday afternoon at the BHS field.Basalt, 1-0 in league and 2-1 overall, scored four times in the first 15 minutes, with Sanchez, the junior forward who led BHS with 16 goals last season, assisting on the first three.Senior midfielder Cy Eaton, sophomore forward Ryan Zubizaretta and junior Alex Giglio all scored a pair of goals in the first half as Basalt dashed to an 8-1 advantage.In the second half, Basalt started with only nine players, two short of the standard 11, and finished with eight, a nod to the gentlemanly roots of the sport. Basalt still outscored the 0-1 Paonia 2-nil.
For Basalt, the cruise control-type effort marked a distinct departure from their opening two matches on the road over the weekend: a 4-1 loss to defending 3A state champion Faith Christian Friday, and a 1-0 win over Colorado Academy Saturday.”We know what to expect from the Front Range teams,” said Basalt coach Erik Streff, “and after this weekend they realized what they need to do to compete at that level.”Today, we had a good effort and were able to score nice-looking goals.”Juniors Brett Boyle and Ben Pollock, sophomore Trevor Brown and senior Brett Guglielmo also scored for Basalt. Pollock, Eaton and junior Luke Caudill had assists.
Basalt goalie Jamie Wirkler, a three-year varsity starter, recorded the win.Sean French scored the lone Paonia goal after a breakdown in the Basalt back line enabled him to isolate on Wirkler. Paonia goalie Tyler Andersen got the loss, though Basalt could have heaped on a few more goals were it not for his quick hands.Basalt scored two sweet goals on crosses to the front of the Paonia net.Pollock served Eaton with a prime one-timer opportunity in the 13th minute and Eaton converted, redirecting the cross off his right foot into the net. Goalie Andersen didn’t stand a chance.
The second one came in the second half, with Basalt playing two men down, when Sanchez launched a cross to the far post. A diving Trevor Brown caught it off his head, knocking it in for a score in another two-touch sequence.Then, when it seemed that Sanchez would record his first goal of the season, he cut the Paonia defense into ribbons before taking a touch-shot to the far post. While the ball appeared to be on its way in, a crashing Giglio booted it home before it crossed the goal line.”Yep, that was probably going in,” Streff said smiling. “We know Felipe’s going to get his.”On Thursday, Basalt hosts Roaring Fork in its second league game of the season. Kickoff is scheduled for 4 p.m.”Roaring Fork is taking it one game at a time, and they’ve got a great new coach in Chris Woods [the BHS girls soccer head coach],” said Streff. “He’s working ’em hard and getting ’em ready. We need to be ready.”
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