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‘Horns soccer stings Pagosa

Tim Mutrie

Five different Basalt players scored in the first 20 minutes against non-league opponent Pagosa Springs Saturday at the BHS field, lifting the Longhorns to a 10-nil victory, their fourth consecutive.For Basalt (4-1 overall and 2-0 in Class 3A Western Slope League play), it marked the third win in a week by a cumulative tally of 25-1.Basalt junior striker Felipe Sanchez scored a hat trick, junior winger Ben Pollock and sophomore forward Ryan Zubizaretta scored two goals each, and senior midfielder Cy Eaton scored one (in the very first minute) and assisted on four others.”We played our game, we scored some nice goals, we got the shutout and we kept our passes going,” said Sanchez.Leading 6-0 at halftime, Basalt started the second with 10 players (one fewer than the customary 11) and finished with just eight “to try and keep the momentum up,” said Sanchez.Pagosa Springs (0-4 overall) lost to Roaring Fork 3-2 Friday night to open their road trip to the valley. Goalie Josh Stuckwish took the loss for Pagosa Springs.”We came out strong – we weren’t really sure what to expect – and we capitalized on some opportunities,” said Basalt coach Erik Streff. “Our big focus has been working the ball to the outside to create shots in the middle, and it’s starting to come around.”Junior forward Brett Boyle and freshman midfielder Matt Schoeller also scored for Basalt; Pollock, Zubizaretta and junior Luke Caudill had assists.Junior Jamie Wirkler played the first half in net and backup Reto Luzi completed the shutout in the second half (allowing Wirkler some field work as well).Next up for Basalt is another non-league opponent in Salida, the team that knocked Basalt out of the Class 3A state tournament last year 1-0 in the quarterfinals. Kickoff is scheduled for 4 p.m. Thursday at the BHS field.


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