Aspen High boys soccer breaks into win column |

Aspen High boys soccer breaks into win column

Aspen Times Staff Report

The Aspen High School boys soccer team opened its Class 3A Western Slope League schedule with an 8-0 win over a depleted Roaring Fork High team Tuesday evening in Carbondale.

Aspen failed to score in the first half, a tribute to Roaring Fork’s ever-vigilant goalie, but the flood gates opened in the second half, according to Grant “Junior” Sutherland, who coaches Aspen with John Gillies.

Owing to penalties (of the yellow and/or red variety) from a previous game, Roaring Fork only had 10 players available and played all 80 minutes a man down, Sutherland said.

“Their goalie kept ’em in it for the first half. Then we scored the first one and the second one not so long after that, and once that happened we finished ’em off pretty quick,” Sutherland said.

“I think Roaring Fork was just tired out by that point.”

Aspen junior Gabriel Grisola scored a hat trick and freshman Stephen Buzbe scored two. Freshmen Nicky Anastas and Ryan Chaloupka and junior Matt Fox all scored one goal each.

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Sophomore Fred Bernard got the win goal and his first career varsity shutout, Sutherland said.

For Aspen, the win followed a 3-1 loss on the road at Paonia Saturday.

“For the first league game of the season, it was a good one,” Sutherland said. “We’re still trying different kids at different positions, but I think we found our lineup Tuesday. We’ll still experiment with different things, though, to see what works best.”

Aspen improved to 1-2 on the season and 1-0 in league play.

Today at 4 p.m. at the AHS field, Aspen hosts Fruita Monument, a larger Class 4A school, in another nonleague game.