Longhorns rout Devils, 9-0
Things went from bad to worse to downright awful for the Eagle Valley girls soccer team Tuesday in its last regular season home game against the Basalt Longhorns.
The Longhorns harassed and outhustled the Devils from start to finish at the Eagle County Fairgrounds, netting a 9-0 win and holding Eagle Valley to fewer than five shots on goal in what was a forgettable Senior Day for Eagle Valley.
After a tight 3-2 Basalt win only three weeks earlier, neither Devils coach Daiva Katieb or Longhorns coach Chris Woods expected such a lopsided outcome – although Wood couldn’t help but be happy after his team physically and psychologically dismantled its opposition.
“I’m surprised at the score, definitely,” Woods said. “Our offense has been going pretty good lately. In the last seven games, we’re like 37 goals and nine against. We really stress that goals against. If our defense can hold any team like you saw today, then that sort of thing is going to happen, where our offense is just going to explode.”
Added Katieb, “It’s amazing what can happen with the 15-year-old girl’s psyche. I think that was a big part of it, that we lost our heads. They have a very fine team. I expect that they will probably go pretty far in the postseason. They’re loaded with talent, and, it just wasn’t our day.”
Basalt scored its first goal of the game in the first 41 seconds, when Maddie Hoffman took an assist from Ukare Sano and lined a shot past Devils goalie Mary Cochrane.
The goal was a telling sign of things to come, as the Horns continued to apply the offensive pressure, while the Devils fought to keep the game close.
Hoffman scored her second goal of the game on another assist from Sano in the 16th minute of the first half. The sophomore forward caught up to a long, lofting pass in the box and ran straight into a hard collision with Cochrane, but managed to get back on her feet while Cochrane was still down and tapped the ball into the net.
Sano scored a goal of her own at the 35-minute mark in another crazy sequence in the box. In a 3-on-2 rush, Cochrane deflected a shot from Basalt’s Katie Staerkel that was then touched by teammate Ashley Eaton before Sano placed it home.
Despite the three goals from the Horns, the first half of action had been competitive – something the game was not in the second 40 minutes.
“I think last time we played them with our hearts. We were sort of down in the beginning (today) and we just sort of let it get to us,” said Devils’ senior captain and defender Jessica Jagger. “We definitely just gave up in the second half, which is just horrible.”
Before the final whistle was blown, Basalt had gotten another goal from Hoffman, along with two scores from Eaton, one from Staerkel, and a goal apiece from junior Sofie Stenstadvold and senior Shannon Hutton.
Woods’ MVP of the game wasn’t one of his offensive horses, though, but instead senior defender Maria Jacobsen, who shut down Devils scoring threats Tanaee Mickley and Sam Phillips all afternoon.
“Our No. 1 goal was to get the shutout,” Woods said. “I told the girls at halftime, I didn’t care if it was, 3-0, or, 50-0, at the end of the game. I just wanted that zero.”
Said Jacobsen, “It was really important that we worked together as a team and communicated because, then we can back each other up and make sure we have control of (the ball), so we can give it back to our offense. Being aggressive and being in shape is real important because it gets you first to the ball. And, when you’re first to the ball, it gives you the chance to score.”
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