AHS girls soccer routs CRMS 13-1 | AspenTimes.com

AHS girls soccer routs CRMS 13-1

Jennifer Davoren
Aspen Times Staff Writer

Nicki Boleons (lft) celebrates a goal with Lyndsay Patterson during the Saturday morning game against CRMS. The Aspen girls won the game 13-1. Jacob N. Ware photo.

It was just around the time that the Aspen High School girls soccer team notched its seventh goal of the day that Skier fans began groaning and checking their watches.

“You know when you score and your team goes ‘Ahhh,’ it might be time to go home,” laughed one AHS dad.

But the girls still had about a half-hour left to play Saturday, during which AHS thumped the visiting Colorado Rocky Mountain School 13-1. Aspen improved to 4-2 on the season with the win, the team’s third so far in league play this season.

CRMS began Saturday’s game optimistically, scoring the first goal of the day just eight minutes in as AHS goalkeeper Merritt Gates was lured from her post. However, AHS countered less than five minutes later when senior Devon McCloskey, off an assist by sophomore Lyndsay Patterson, squeezed a shot past the CRMS keeper to – briefly – tie things up.

Sophomore Alex Bethal scored her first goal of the day at 21 minutes, one of the last goals spectators were able to keep track of as the Skiers took advantage of frequent scoring opportunities. AHS collected four more goals to finish the half with a 6-1 lead.

As Aspen rallied for the second half of their weekend matchup, even coach Jon Gillies had trouble keeping track of Skier goals.

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“I’m pretty sure we’re up by twelve now,” he said as another successful shot by McCloskey was met with silence from the AHS bench and crowd.

By the end of the day, Bethal and junior Meredith Moore tallied three goals each, seniors McCloskey and Lacee Patterson contributed two goals apiece, and junior Nicki Boleons and sophomores Taylor Norton and Leandra Sivess each found the back of the net once.

Even Junior Sutherland, who coaches AHS along with Gillies, was stumped about the outcome of Saturday’s game.

“I don’t know,” he said. “We just took advantage of some scoring chances.”

On Tuesday, Aspen travels to Basalt to face the 7-1 Lady Longhorns at 4 p.m.