Aspen boys soccer extends late winning streak
The Aspen Times
The Aspen High School boys soccer team, with a late-season flurry, is making a quiet run toward the Class 3A state playoffs.
The Skiers extended their current streak with a 9-0 victory over visiting Grand Valley on Tuesday afternoon, moving within sight of third place in the conference and a possible playoff berth.
“It was a great day for our four seniors,” Aspen head coach Dave Francis said. “It was great day for the whole team.”
He said the Skiers started fast against Grand Valley, scoring five goals in the opening half.
“We put up a lot of pressure early,” he said.
The early goals helped settle the Skiers, who honored all four seniors at Tuesday’s final home match of the season.
“All four seniors were out on the field working hard,” Francis said of Max Marolt, Kincaid Daniel, Dante Lizotte and Zane Heald.
Aspen collected three goals from Ramiro Perez, two from Joel Brice and two from John Heaphey.
Daniel also scored to mark senior day for the Skiers.
“The guys really have confidence now,” Francis said after the Skiers won their fourth decision in the last five games. The other game in the streak was a tie.
Now, the Skiers have a mathematical chance of finishing in third place in the conference and earning a state bid.
But a match at Vail Mountain School at 3:30 p.m. Thursday stands in the way of a state playoff assignment.
The Skiers, with Tuesday’s win, are 5-8-1 overall, 3-2-1 in conference play.
Grand Valley fell to 1-11-1 overall, 0-5 in league play.
Vail Mountain School is 3-1-2 in conference and 7-4-2 overall.
“Vail is a very good side,” Francis said. “But to be in the last week with a chance to make the playoffs. Full credit to the boys for finishing strong.”
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