AHS girls soccer opens against Central | AspenTimes.com

AHS girls soccer opens against Central

Jennifer Davoren

Aspen might still be focused on skiing, but area girls soccer teams are ready for the onset of the spring sports season.

The Aspen High School girls soccer team takes on Grand Junction Central in its season-opener at 11 a.m. Saturday.

Aspen coach Kris Hattrup said the team members are eager to feel grass under their feet again, as winter weather has forced the girls inside for daily practices.

“We have been, for the last two weeks, doing a lot of training indoors in the gym at the middle school,” Hattrup said. “We’ve had quite a few two-a-day practices, and a lot of running.”

The Skiers return nine girls from last year’s varsity squad, but the veterans won’t be able to help out much this weekend. A regional hockey tournament in Houston, Texas will cut into Aspen’s roster, Hattrup said, and the team will play its first varsity game five girls short.

However, the absent players will give the Skiers’ junior varsity a chance at more playing time.

“I’m sure it will affect things, but this is our first weekend on grass,” she said. “It will be a nice opportunity to look at the JV.”

The first game of the season will also be a time of organization, Hattrup said, as the coaching staff determines which girls will be best suited for the team’s high-intensity positions.

“Mainly, we’re looking to give the girls a chance. We’ll be moving people all around to see how things are going to be this year,” she said.

Basalt High’s girls soccer team will be back on the field next week, hosting a 4 p.m. Tuesday contest against Battle Mountain. Last year, the Longhorn girls captured the Class 3A Western Slope League title, beating out second-place Aspen.

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