Lady ‘Horns rally past Eagle Valley in OT
Maybe it was a delayed April Fool’s joke – as the Lady Longhorns soccer team claimed – but scoring three goals in less than 20 minutes to beat Eagle Valley in overtime Saturday at the Basalt High field is no laughing matter.
At least not for head coach Chris Woods.
“After the game, the girls said, ‘Just kidding, April Fools,'” Woods said. “But that was one of the worst games to coach – I was really stressed.”
Eagle Valley scored both of their goals in the first half, and the Lady Longhorns were blanked until the 62nd-minute mark of the 80-minute match, when Basalt’s Maddie Hoffman scored.
With less than two minutes remaining in regulation, Hoffman, a sophomore, struck again to tie the game at 2-2 and eventually send it into overtime.
And it took just nine seconds of overtime play for Basalt’s Shannon Hutton to end it all with a goal off a corner kick.
“This win was big,” Woods said. “[Eagle Valley] is probably our biggest rival, and this gave us a little step on them.
“It was also good to give the girls a bit of a scare and see what we were made of.”
Down 2-0 at the half, Woods said he gave his girls a motivational talk and asked them to rise to the challenge.
“They came out with all guns blazing, they didn’t give up” Woods said. “I was very impressed with the second half, they have very good fighting spirit.
“I can see in training how much they all want to succeed this year – this team has a lot of potential, they’re a great bunch of kids.”
Woods said Basalt outshot Eagle Valley 35-5 but couldn’t get anything in the net in the first half and most of the second.
“[Eagle Valley] seems to play more defensive minded,” he said. “They’re one of those teams that smothers you [defensively] and really quickly counterattacks – they’re that kind of team, they’ll make you pay.”
Hoffman’s goals were assisted by Ukare Sano, Meghan Stewart and Hutton, while Hutton was assisted by Ashley Eaton.
Basalt is now 2-0 in league play (2-1 overall) with their only loss coming to Faith Christian March 19, when several starters were missing due to spring break.
The Longhorns battle CRMS in Carbondale tomorrow at 4 p.m.
Sheldon Wolitski’s paradise of puck went from its rudimentary half-rink oval at Crown Mountain to, very recently, a glorious, official-size rink next to the Rio Grande Trail east of Carbondale. The rink opened in November.