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Soccer playoff games today

Aspen Times Staff Report

Weather conditions permitting, the Aspen Skiers and Basalt Longhorns will host 3A Regional soccer playoff matches today.

The Skiers finished second to Basalt in the Western Slope League, in spite of a final-match win over the Horns. They will host Lutheran High School of Denver in a match scheduled for 2:30 p.m. today at the Aspen School District Field (adjacent to Aspen Middle School).

And the Longhorns, the top qualifier coming out of the Western Slope League, will play host to Pueblo West in a match scheduled for 3 p.m. today at Willits Field.

The winners of today’s matches will advance to the final 16 of Class 3A prep soccer. The 16 winners will be seeded statewide in a bracket that will be released midweek.

The Skiers will take a 9-3-1 overall record into today’s playoff match. The Skiers finished 5-1-0 in league play this year. Aspen, however, will be without the services of leading scorer Ellen Falender, who suffered a knee injury last week.

Basalt finished 8-3-0 overall and 5-1-0 in league play. The Longhorns will play Pueblo West, a team with a 2-12-0 record.

The game originally was scheduled for last weekend. But a spring storm forced a new date.

Roaring Fork High School of Carbondale also is in the 3A Regionals. The Rams will travel to Lakewood today for a 5 p.m. game against D’Evelyn High School of Golden (Jefferson County).

D’Evelyn, a perennial state playoff team since its inception just a few years ago, is coached by longtime club and prep coach Phil Vigil. Two years ago his team defeated Aspen in the state playoffs, winning in a shootout. And last year, Glenwood Springs topped D’Evelyn in the playoffs – 2-1 in overtime.

This year, for the third consecutive year, D’Evelyn will take on a team from the Roaring Fork Valley in the state soccer playoffs.

In other area soccer, Rifle will host a 4A Regional match today. Mullen will take on the Bears at 4 p.m. at Rifle High School.

The Bears are 10-4-1 overall after finishing 4-2-0 in the league.


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