Close matches marking league play |

Close matches marking league play

Aspen Times Staff Report

Aspen coed and women’s soccer teams kicked off the summer season recently, with a number of competitive teams squaring off on the field at Aspen High School.

In women’s action, defending champions La Cocina/Jimmy’s/McStorlies took on a shorthanded Lady Lamberts squad of downvalley players.

The Lady Lamberts gave the champs all they could handle, despite the player shortage, and battled to a 1-1 tie at the half.

In the end, though, fatigue became a factor and the Lady Lamberts faded down the stretch, losing 5-1.

In the evening’s second game, The Scrubbs, also shorthanded, started strong but were unable to maintain the brisk pace and went on to fall 5-0 to a solid Team Scream.

Two nights later, the two winners got the opportunity to meet in an early-season thriller.

Using some crisp passing and excellent ball control, Team Scream surprised the defending champions of La Cocina-Jimmy’s-McStorlies and pulled out a 3-1 victory.

In upcoming action, Lady Lamberts will take on The Scrubbs at 6:45 p.m. tonight on the Aspen High field. Coed League The Coed League features four evenly matched teams vying for the league title and a fifth team struggling to find players to join some very talented men.

Aspen Earthmoving opened the season with an efficient 2-0 win over the architects from FC Harry Teague.

In the following match, The Cantina pulled out a 1-0 win over The Howling Wolf in a nail-biter.

A battle between the two winners two nights later showed just how close the competition will be this summer, as a tight, well-played match ended with Aspen Earthmoving and The Cantina deadlocked in a 2-2 tie. Mix of players Both teams feature an interesting mix of players as The Cantina is composed of Aspen High School girls coach Grant “Junior” Sutherland and some of his British male compatriots paired with a number of Sutherland’s AHS players.

Aspen Earthmoving is anchored by the supremely gifted men of the Alvarado family and a very seasoned women’s contingent from downvalley. This week’s matches Action this Thursday will see The Howling Wolf squaring off against Aspen Earthmoving at 5:30 p.m. and Team No. 5 taking on The Cantina at 6:45 p.m.

The coed league’s Team No. 5 is still looking for women to fill out the roster. Players still looking for a team should call Davis Paulides at 927-2805 or Sue Geist at 948-7084.

Matches are played on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.

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