The soccer season for the Bayfield Wolverines ended Wednesday on a chilly, windy afternoon in Basalt.
The BHS girls soccer team lost a hard-fought 2-0 decision at Basalt in the opening round of the CHSAA Class 3A state playoffs.
"I told the girls to keep their heads up," BHS head coach Jen Zelinski said. "The girls played well. We played hard, and we never gave up."
She said the Wolverines had several good attacking chances in the first half, when they had the wind at their backs.
"We had a couple of good attacks," Zelinski said.
One attack apparently put the ball into the Basalt net. But officials waved off the goal, with the Longhorns clinging to a tense 1-0 lead.
Basalt scored with 10 minutes to play in the opening half when Noel Chiarelli chipped the ball into the net after taking a pass from Nettie Stenstadvold.
The 1-0 margin held until midway through the second half when the Longhorns scored again, this time on a Stenstadvold unassisted goal.
"We just couldn't catch a break," Zelinski said.
The apparent goal that was waved off, Zelinski said, "would have made a big difference."
In the second half, Zelinski said the Wolverines had trouble attacking into the vicious wind that whipped up the Roaring Fork Valley from the west.
Basalt dominated in shots in the playoff game.
Jaylie Ross had 20 saves as the BHS keeper.
"We want to see them (Longhorns) next year," Zelinski said. "We know we're going to be better next year."
The Wolverines, in the playoffs for the second consective year, ended the season 8-4-0 - the best record in school history.
Basalt improved to 11-1-3 with Wednesday's victory. The Longhorns have been in the state playoffs for six consecutive years, including 2007 when Basalt reached the Class 3A state semifinals.
Basalt will play Peak to Peak in the second round Saturday. Peak to Peak beat Sterling 7-0 on Wednesday.
"It really was a great game. I'm proud of the girls," Zelinski said. "And I'm going to miss my seniors."
Bayfield graduates Summer Roberts, Katrina Ferguson and Lorena Hutton from this year's record-setting girls soccer team.