Aspen dominates Olathe 3-0 |

Aspen dominates Olathe 3-0

Jennifer Davoren
Aspen Times Staff Writer

At very least, the Aspen High girls soccer team got a lot of shooting practice during their Saturday win over Olathe.

In the first three minutes of the contest, Aspen peppered the Olathe goal with four shots – all four resulting in saves by their taxed goalie – as Olathe’s defense struggled to keep pace with the attacking Skiers.

And, frankly, not much else could be said for the game, as the Skiers steamrolled visiting Olathe 3-0.

Skier Melissa Marcus opened scoring 15 minutes into play.

The second goal of the game came later in the first half on a shot from Lucia Estevez, an exchange student from Bariloche, Argentina. Estevez’s father, visiting Aspen as a part of the Aspen Sister Cities’ latest pairing, was on hand for congratulations – and, unfortunately for the Skiers’ offense, to take his daughter home after her three-month exchange ends today.

Marcus sealed the AHS win with a second-half goal, her second of the day.

Grant “Junior” Sutherland, who coaches the team along with John Gillies, expressed some disappointment that the Skiers relaxed late in the game.

“They kept trying to walk it into the goal,” he said.

However, Sutherland had praise for the underclassman who kicked off the contest. Still tired from last Thursday’s loss to Basalt, much of Aspen’s varsity squad was rested during the first half, allowing a few outstanding JV players to take over.

“Basically, this is next year’s team,” Sutherland said. “It’s good experience for the younger girls, and it gives the older girls a rest.”

Aspen improved to 4-4 in Class 3A Western Slope League play, and remains on the bubble for a playoff berth.

This week, the Skiers begin the countdown to the playoffs with three back-to-back home games. Aspen hosts Vail Mountain at 4 p.m. today, Colorado Rocky Mountain School at 4 p.m. Tuesday and Basalt at 4 p.m. Thursday.

Aspen’s last game of the regular season, against Carbondale rival Roaring Fork, is scheduled for April 29.

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