Welts n’ all, BHS girls draw No. 4 seed in state tourney
They fired paintballs at each other inside a Rifle warehouse on Saturday.And as it turns out, the punishment is only just beginning for the Basalt High girls soccer team.Yesterday, at the seeding table for the 16-team Class 3A state tournament, the Lady Longhorns drew the No. 4 spot. On the bright side, this means the Lady Longhorns – 12-3-0 overall on the season and the eight-time reigning Western Slope League champs – will host a first-round match sometime mid-week and, if they win, a second game, against lesser seeded opponents.On the other hand, to stage a return to the state final four, Basalt must first get through Metro League power Machebeuf, at 9-4-2 the No. 13 seed, and then the winner of No. 5 St. Mary’s of Colorado Springs (14-1-0) versus No. 12 Denver Christian (10-1-4). Apart from being defending Class 3A champions, Denver Christian is also the team that beat Basalt last year 1-nil in the semifinals.”They definitely put us in the top part of the bracket, but they’ve also matched us up against a couple of teams that I can’t believe are No. 12 and 13. It’s crazy. Weird,” said Basalt coach Chris Woods. “We will be tested early.””If we do go to the championship, we’re gonna have to win three very tough games. And one way to look at it is, if we can’t beat Machebeuf first off, what’s the point of being in the playoffs.”In this loser-go-home format, Basalt will play host to Machebeuf at the BHS field on an as-yet-to-be-determined day. Woods said the match will probably take place Wednesday or Thursday afternoon.”We played Machebeuf last year and I know they’re better than last year, just from talking with other coaches. But we’re a different team, as well,” Woods said. “I’m trying to learn a bit more about them. We know they play a Denver style of soccer” – physical and possesion-oriented – “and very fast. At the same time, we don’t want to worry too much about anybody else. If we play our game, we should be fine.”Oh, and the team had fun shooting each up other in paintball over the weekend, by the way.”A lot of welts and a lot of stories,” chuckled Woods of Saturday’s field trip. “Definitely a good team-building day.”Tim Mutrie’s e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org
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