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Soccer: Skiers start strong, blank 4A Delta

Jon Maletz
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado

Jon Maletz/The Aspen TimesThe Skiers' Edwin Soto holds off a Delta player while chasing down a loose ball Tuesday at Aspen High School.

Hail and rain slowed the match but not the Aspen soccer team.

Inclement weather early in Tuesday’s game between the Skiers and Delta sent players, coaches and spectators scurrying for cover and delayed the action for roughly 30 minutes.

When play resumed, Aspen took control.

The Skiers scored two goals in a

10-minute stretch in the opening half, tacked on one more in the second and rolled to a 3-0 victory – their second straight, which helped them improve to

4-3-2.

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“They really did come out strong,” Aspen head coach Junior Sutherland said. “They wanted it, and they played with passion.”

In the 10th minute, moments after play resumed, Skiers forward Colter Robinson outsprinted a defender on a run up the far sideline, chased down the ball and slipped it past the Panthers keeper from a sharp angle.

Not long after, Aspen struck on a corner kick to pad its advantage. Edwin Soto, positioned about 10 yards in front of the net, made a beeline toward the far post, lunged and headed the ball into the net.

“Edwin is something special up front,” Sutherland said of Soto, who scored four goals in Saturday’s 8-1 rout of Montezuma-Cortez. “He doesn’t speak a word of a English so he really doesn’t understand my Scottish, but he’s a guy that knows the game. You see how he plays – a good touch, composed on the ball and good in front of the goal.”

Soto showcased his talents once more in the 48th minute to all but seal the win. He finished off a great run up the sideline by converting a low liner that had the coaches staring at one another with mouths agape.

Delta (2-8), which topped Aspen 2-1 in the squads’ first meeting Sept. 8, could not keep pace.

“We definitely controlled the game today,” Sutherland said. “Obviously, they couldn’t adapt to our field. … The defense and the midfield played really well, and I’m proud of the way they battled.”

Sutherland will be hoping for a similar effort at 7 p.m. Thursday, when his Skiers visit unbeaten Coal Ridge to kick off 3A Region 3 play. The Titans have outscored opponents 36-5 through seven games – including a 7-1 win over Delta on Sept. 18.

“This is over, and we have to concentrate on Thursday. It’s going to be a tough, tough game,” Sutherland conceded. “If we battle like that, we’ll be OK.”

jmaletz@aspentimes.com