Basalt’s ‘floodgates’ open on VMS
VAIL – After Basalt scored its second goal Thursday afternoon against the Vail Mountain School girls soccer team, Longhorns coach Chris Woods said to his bench, “Floodgates.”It was an accurate prediction. It was a purple afternoon at The Bob, as Basalt rolled out to 9-0 3A Slope win.
“When you get a lot of pressure, you just want one or two goals to try to open those floodgates,” Woods said. “(VMS is) a good defensive team. We just couldn’t get a goal. It took us 25 minutes to get a goal. They played well in the back. I just told the girls to be patient and try and get that gate open. I didn’t expect it to be like that.”Basalt’s Katie Staerkel rang up a hat trick, while Jessi Graf had two. Sofie Stenstadvold, Maddie Hoffman, Brittany Guglielmo and Katherine Fitzpatrick also found the back of the net for the Longhorns.
“The first 20 minutes, we were doing a lot of things right,” VMS coach Bob Bandoni said. “But, when you play an opponent like this, if there are any kind of breakdowns any place, they make you pay for it. As I said to the team, we would rather be playing a team like this than the teams we’ve played to this point. It forces us to play to a higher level and it forces us to be honest as to where our weaknesses are.”One positive for VMS was a Michael Busenhart flashback in the second half. Three years ago as a freshman, Boozi made his debut against Basalt coming in cold to face a penalty kick, which he stopped. With Busenhart in the crowd, VMS goalie Della Ellich picked up the ball outside the box – something that Boozi also managed to do during his senior season – and drew a yellow.
Ellich was out for the kick and, like Busenhart, Kelsey Peck stepped in for the save and gratefully handed the gloves back to Ellich.Just for kicks: Basalt (2-0 in the Slope and 2-1 overall) hosts Denver Christian Saturday at noon in a rematch of last year’s state semifinal. VMS (2-1, 3-2) has Aspen at The Bob Saturday at 11 a.m. … No. 16 stays in the family. Kyle Moore wears it for Battle Mountain. Karlie Moore wears it for VMS. … Good job to the VMS underclassmen doing their algebra homework on the sideline. Square roots frighten this reporter. … About the only person happy with Thursday’s outcome was Vail Daily copy editor Evan Gibbard, Basalt Class of 1997.Vail, Colorado