Soccer: Seven-goal second half propels Basalt at home
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado
BASALT – The Basalt girls soccer team had to contend with both visiting Rangely and a fierce headwind in the first half Friday afternoon.
With those gusts at their backs in the second half, the Longhorns hit their stride. The Panthers could not keep up.
Five different players scored during a second half in which Basalt struck for seven goals, turning a 2-0 halftime lead into a dominant 9-0 rout.
“Finding the net nine times is always good. … It should give them confidence,” Longhorns head coach Makenzie Eshelman said. “In games like these, you’re working on the little things. The second half was definitely better than the first.”
While they dominated the first 40 minutes, scores of Basalt shot attempts hung up in the wind or were blown well off course.
“I talked to the girls, and they said it was like playing in slow motion,” Eshelman said.
Still, the Longhorns (8-2) managed to produce two goals. In the 12th minute, Ginevra Moore threaded a perfect pass through the Rangely defense to Annette Stenstadvold, who turned and flicked a shot into the net before colliding with the Panthers goalkeeper.
Less than 5 minutes later, Tori Kungli fired a shot that momentarily was knocked down by the wind but still kept its line and clipped the net.
Basalt blew things wide open in the second half. Ginevra Moore stretched the lead to three in the 43rd minute when she picked off an attempted clear and drilled a liner that hit the crossbar and bounded into the goal.
Less than seven minutes later, Julia Kapustka reached out a foot in traffic and booted home a well-placed corner from Kungli.
Moore scored consecutive goals soon after to secure a hat trick, then Stenstadvold converted on a strong liner from about 25 yards out to extend the lead to seven.
Lucy Uguccioni and Stephanie Alvarado scored 80 seconds apart down the stretch for Basalt, which appeared to show no ill effects from Tuesday’s hard-fought, 3-2 home loss to Coal Ridge.
“Sometimes you can learn a lot more from a loss,” Eshelman said. “They’re excited. They feel like they really want it now. … Winning out is our focus now.”
That will be difficult. After three straight home games – Saturday against Rifle (11 a.m.), Monday against Glenwood Springs and Thursday against Aspen – the Longhorns visit Vail Mountain School on April 30, then close out the regular season May 5 against Coal Ridge in a match that likely will decide the 3A Western Slope crown.
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