Lady ‘Horns strike back – at GJ Central
Basalt senior Ashley Eaton scored three sweet, unassisted goals and her recently re-enrolled classmate, Autumn Caughern, recorded the shutout as the Lady Longhorns lashed back at Grand Junction Central in 80-degree heat Tuesday afternoon in Junction.
Winning 3-0 over the Class 5A Central, a longtime dominator of Basalt, marked the first changing of the tide in the nonleague series in as long as the seniors can remember, according to coach Chris Woods.
“I guess this breaks our jinx against them,” Woods said, reporting by phone from a Grand Junction restaurant with country music playing in the background.
Basalt improved to 5-1 overall (and remained 4-0 in Class 3A Western Slope League play).
“It was pretty impressive. Our defense stepped up today. Every time Central got the ball, we’d have two or three players scrambling to get the ball off ’em. It was a good sight,” Woods said.
Eaton, the center-midfielder, scored two goals in the first half, the final one with 10 minutes to play in the second. The first came on an Eaton-struck corner kick that “just curved around into the back corner,” Woods said.
“It was nice, but the second one was even nicer. From 20 to 25 yards out, she got the ball, turned and just cranked it. Pretty much unstoppable for the keeper.”
And the third: “Ashley stole the ball, beat a couple of players and then cut the ball and one-timed it to the back post. The keeper was stranded at the front post,” Woods said.
Caughern, who rejoins the Longhorns for her senior spring on the soccer field, aided the offense with kicks that traveled three-quarters of the field. “We got a couple corners out of her kicks,” Woods said, “and so frustrating for their defense.”
“[Senior forward] Shannon Hutton ran and never stopped running, she’s like a terrier, and freshman forward Katie Staerkel put a lot of pressure on their defense. She was very annoying for their defense.”
Next up – Basalt vs. Aspen on Thursday at 4 p.m. at BHS.
“We’re all looking forward to that,” Woods said. “Everyone is, I think. We’ll train tomorrow and we’ll be ready.”
Aspen 1, CRMS 0
Aspen freshman Jordan Karlinski knocked in a corner kick from fellow freshman Taylor Buzbee as the AHS girls soccer team eked past the Colorado Rocky Mountain School 1-0 on Tuesday in Carbondale.
The Karlinski goal came with about 10 minutes to play in the first half. Aspen improved to 2-1 in Class 3A Western Slope League play and 2-4 overall.
“A win’s a win,” said Aspen coach John Gillies. “We dominated the game and their goaltender [M. Jenson] played superb; pulled off some great saves.
“Elly Harder and Katy Cadger were great in the midfield.”
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