Lady Longhorns march on
Aspen Times Staff Writer
Junior forward Ukare Sano scored her second straight hat trick as the Basalt High girls soccer team rolled to its seventh straight win Tuesday afternoon over Roaring Fork at the BHS field.
Dominating the last seven by a combined score of 40-3, Basalt sank Roaring Fork with four goals in each half to win 8-0 .
And, as coach Heather Walker noted, “Mariah’s back.”
Senior forward Mariah Mulcahy returned from a hamstring injury to score two of Basalt’s first three goals in limited time in the first half.
Sano scored two of her three in the first half, and led off the second half with her third. Senior Samantha Hoffman scored two goals later in the second, the first assisted by sister Maddie Hoffman, who spent most of the game in goal before being relieved to play the field by fellow freshman Darby Scherer. Sophomore Kari Heuer tallied the final goal.
“Up front, they all work really well together and nobody’s selfish,” Walker said, “and that means you’ve got three or four people who can score a lot of goals.”
Junior striker Ashley Eaton, the team’s leading scorer, did not participate in Tuesday’s goal-grab directly, but she had four assists, Walker said, “and she played a little at sweeper.”
“We’ve been very happy with the way we’re playing,” Walker said. “We’d like to have a break from playing a game every other game, but we’re doing well anyway.”
On Thursday, after one day’s rest for both teams, Basalt travels to Aspen for a 4 p.m. match.
Basalt stands at 9-0-1 in Class 3A Western Slope League play, tied with Eagle Valley at No. 1, while Aspen enters the match at 6-4 in league play, on the bubble with Roaring Fork for the third and final berth to the playoffs from the league.
For Basalt, it’s a necessary victory on the road to a league title and the April 29 showdown at Eagle Valley, for Aspen it’s a chance to sweeten the hunt.
Last Thursday, the teams met for the first time in Basalt, and BHS won 4-1.
“We always worry about the Aspen game because of the rivalry, and we’re also on their home field this time, so I’m sure they’ll come out and play harder than last time,” Walker said.
Are the Basalt girls looking forward to it?
“No,” Walker said with a laugh, “because the weather calls for snow and it’s in Aspen! We’ve played enough soccer in the snow already … but as far as the game, yeah, they’re always looking forward to it.”
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