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Fast start for Skiers

Nate Peterson

Montrose, the fourth-ranked 4A boys soccer team in the state, expected its home game against 3A Aspen on Saturday to be an automatic win.After the Skiers netted two first-half goals to take a 2-0 lead, the Indians woke up.Aspen eventually lost the nonleague game, 4-2, in the second half, but only after a clean shot from senior forward Stephen Buzbee that would have tied the game at three missed just wide of the post. With his team down by a goal, Aspen coach Junior Sutherland added extra forwards to try to get a goal, a ploy that led to Montrose’ final score off a set kick in the waning minutes.The Skiers opened the season Friday with an 8-3 rout of Telluride, and followed up Saturday’s win with a 4-2 victory over Eagle Valley. But the highlight of the weekend was the loss to the Indians, Sutherland said.The Skiers proved they could challenge one of the best teams in the state in a division higher than their own.”Just a great game, a real physical game,” he said. “The kids were up for every challenge. After the game, their coach came up to me and said, ‘You guys are a lot better than we thought you were going to be. I was really proud of the boys.”Buzbee’s goal against Montrose was one of six that he scored during three games.On Friday against Telluride, he had two first-half goals and another in the second half for a hat trick. Aspen led 5-1 at the break, with seniors Eric Sciarrone and Ryder Fyrwald also netting goals, as well as sophomore Henry Pineda.In the second half, sophomore Jesus Mesa scored and Sciarrone added another. The Skiers also had a handful of shots bounce off the crossbar and the goal posts.Junior Tyler Moore added Aspen’s other goal in the loss to the Indians Saturday morning. Sutherland said the game came down to who was going to score after both teams knocked in two goals. Buzbee had a chance to break the tie on a breakaway when he caught up to a nice pass from Baker Boyd, but the ensuing shot skipped just outside the post.After the tough loss to the Indians, Sutherland was worried about a letdown against Eagle Valley, but his team stepped up.Buzbee had two goals and Boyd added two of his own in the win.”It was a great weekend,” Sutherland said. “We tried a couple of different formations and worked on some new things, including trying players in different positions. I’m very happy with the way they played and the physical presence on the field. The game against Montrose was one of those where they absolutely left nothing on the field.”Nate Peterson’s e-mail address is npeterson@aspentimes.com

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