Unbeaten AHS soccer team faces tough tests
So far, the road back to the state playoffs for the Aspen High School boys soccer team has been a veritable easy street, but the going is about to get a little tougher.
The Skiers will put their unblemished 4-0-0 record on the line this weekend in two big matches that will give the team an idea of how good it really is.
First up for AHS will be arch-rival Basalt, which comes to town for varsity and junior varsity matches Thursday afternoon starting at 4 p.m. Basalt is 4-2-0 on the season.
The Skiers will follow that game on Saturday with another home game, a rematch against Alexander Dawson, a perennial power from the Denver area. Dawson defeated the Skiers 2-1 in a regular-season contest last year before ending Aspen’s season with a 5-0 setback in the semifinals of the state playoffs. A varsity match only is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m.
If the first four games of the year are any indication, the Skiers should be well equipped for their upcoming schedule. The high-powered offense is scoring better than five goals a game, with all-state performers Brendan Wynn and Chris Erickson leading the attack. Wynn already has nine goals on the season to lead the Skiers after scoring 33 last year to lead all of Class 3A.
Erickson is second on the team with five goals, Carter Hanson has four and Jeff Flack has tallied twice.
The defense, too, has been outstanding, giving up only one goal thus far. Tony Prykril, the Skiers’ veteran goalie, has dominated in the nets to anchor a nearly impenetrable defense that features Michael Stege, Duncan Delano and team captain Cory Robinson.
The Skiers opened the season with a 5-0 win over Rifle, and they also own a 5-1 victory over Palisade and a 9-0 rout of Moffat County.
Those wins were nice, to be sure, but they haven’t provided the team with a lot of experience in tough contests. The Skiers did, however, take down Denver Christian, the third-place team in 3A last year, 2-0 in the second game of the season.
“It was a good test for us if we’re going to make it to the state playoffs,” said a Skiers’ coaching staff member.
An even better test awaits the team this weekend.
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