Aspen breaks through vs. Paonia
Senior forward Hardee “Vice” Anderson scored two goals as the Aspen High boys soccer team recorded its first Class 3A Western Slope League victory 3-1 over Paonia on Thursday afternoon at the AHS field.Aspen scored twice in the opening 90 seconds of the match to gain control and snap a streak of three consecutive one-goal league losses, including a 3-2 defeat at Paonia last Saturday.Aspen improved to 1-3 in league play and 4-4 overall. Paonia dropped to 3-4-1 in league and 4-4-1 overall.
Junior Fred Bernard tallied the win in goal for Aspen.Senior Gabriel Grisolia scored one of Aspen’s early goals, and he assisted on Anderson’s second goal late in the game. Sophomore Stephen Buzbee had two assists for Aspen.Paonia’s Grayson Rieder went down with an apparently serious left hip injury about 20 minutes into the first half, prompting a 20-minute delay as coaches, trainers, game officials and, later, ambulance medics attended to the 15-year-old lying prone on the field.
After the game, Paonia coach Yogi Cherp said he hadn’t received any updates on Rieder. However, the team planned to check in with him at Aspen Valley Hospital during the JV match that followed the varsity contest.Paonia’s Travis Morton scored a few minutes after play resumed in the first half, but Aspen held a 2-1 advantage well into the second half. Both teams clanged shots off the goal early in the second half, with Paonia striking the Aspen post and Aspen’s Buzbee rocketing a close-range blast off the Paonia crossbar.”There were chances to score for both teams,” said Paonia’s Cherp. “We just didn’t put it in. But it was a good game on both sides.”
“We finally got off to a good start,” said Aspen coach Junior Sutherland. “It was hard to get back into it [after the Grayson injury], but we hung in there. We didn’t play the prettiest we’ve ever played, but we got the result we needed.”Aspen opens a four-game week at the Colorado Rocky Mountain School on Monday at 4 p.m. Then, Aspen hosts Basalt on Wednesday and Roaring Fork on Thursday.”It’s going to be a tough week,” said Sutherland. “But I reckon we need five [league] wins to get to the playoffs, and we’ll see if we can’t get started on taking care of that total.”
Let’s make some skiing predictions. I made my X Games snowboarding predictions a day earlier and remain only mildly lukewarm in terms of confidence, but maybe I’ll feel better about the skiers.