Longhorns blast Coal Ridge, 7-0
Glenwood Springs correspondent
Aspen, CO Colorado
PEACH VALLEY, Colo. ” There is a reason Basalt is ranked seventh in the Rocky Mountain News’ latest 3A poll.
Actually there are a lot.
They were all crystal clear on Tuesday, as the Longhorns downed Coal Ridge, 7-0, on a wet and soggy field in Peach Valley.
Basalt (5-2 overall, 5-0 3AWestern Slope) showed off its on-target passing, precise ball control, great shooting and even better finishing. Maybe it had something to do with the Longhorns’ spring trip to England, where they played against and trained with some top-flight club teams.
“We had training sessions with Chelsea and Manchester City; we played their U18 teams,” said Basalt head coach John McDermott. “It was a great trip.”
Basalt went to work quickly Tuesday, scoring three goals in the first 10 minutes. Matt Whittier scored the first goal for Basalt with an assist from Toby Bopp.
“We came out really flat,” said Coal Ridge head coach Brian Blair, whose team dropped to 0- 5 overall and 0- 4 in league. “That first goal where a guy pushes it by two or three guys in a row and every single one of them just stops after he’s been beaten. That kind of epitomized what the game looked like to me.”
Bopp then got his own goal in the eighth minute, capitalizing on a pass from Mike Eaton. Two minutes later Whittier headed a ball to Eaton who kicked it into the back of the net. The game went scoreless for the last 29 minutes of the first half as Basalt took a 3-0 lead into halftime.
The Longhorns’ Christian Gallegos easily scored on a penalty kick 15 minutes into the second half to get the ball rolling for Basalt again. Eaton scored again in the 72nd minute by finding the back of the goal on a long roller with an assist from Keegan Watts as the Longhorns went up 5-0.
With 4:50 remaining, Kevin Newland hooked up Ryan Mylott for the next Basalt goal, saving the ball from going out of bounds with a kick that landed the ball in front of the goal and in perfect position to be hammered into the net by Mylott.
Basalt got its last goal when a shot bounced over the head of Coal Ridge goalkeeper Eric Schmitz and a pack of Longhorns rushed in on the open net.
” We can sub a lot because we have a lot of extra players that are all the same caliber,” McDermott said. “At the end, my whole second team was out there and they scored two more goals.”
The ball rarely left Basalt’s offensive side of the field as Coal Ridge only managed five shots on goal all game.
“They showed us the speed of the game that we need to get to,” Blair said of Basalt, who beat Coal Ridge, 2- 1, on Sept. 8. “There are moments when we play that fast. When we played them out there, it was back-and-forth. It wasn’t us sitting in our end like it was today.”
Basalt next hosts Glenwood Springs at 4 p. m. Thursday.
David Stapleton is the development officer for the Aspen Valley Ski & Snowboard Club. A product of the club, AVSC sat down with Stapleton for a Q&A session in this week’s Clubhouse Chronicles.