Aspen downs Roaring Fork, 3-1
Nearly two weeks after a disappointing first-half performance against Roaring Fork, the Skiers didn’t waste any time making amends Tuesday in Carbondale.Senior Eric Sciarrone scored 10 minutes into the match off an assist from Stephen Buzbee – the first of three first-half scores in a decisive 3-1 win. Five minutes later, junior Tyler Moore knocked a crossing pass from Sciarrone into the back of the net. Buzbee then scored on his own in the 25th minute after splitting two defenders.Aspen nearly pulled out the shutout, but Roaring Fork drew a penalty kick with less than five minutes to go and converted for its only score of the match.In the first meeting, the Skiers were flustered by Roaring Fork goalie Torrey Udall, who finished with more than 30 saves and allowed only two goals. Aspen was more patient Tuesday and had better shot selection, head coach Grant Sutherland said.Udall – who stands 6 feet, 6 inches – gobbled up high shots from the Skiers in the first match, so the plan Tuesday was to aim low. It was a scheme that worked beautifully on Sciarrone’s opening goal, a low blast that Udall couldn’t reign in.As before, Roaring Fork packed its own goal box with as many as seven defenders to try to hold off Aspen’s potent scoring attack, but Aspen was more savvy.”We played good possession and slowed the game down so that we could work through the holes in the defense,” Sutherland said. “We definitely played well by holding the ball and keeping possession. We were pretty comfortable.”Now that the Rams are out of the way, the Skiers (6-1 overall, 4-0 in 3A Western Slope) can turn their focus to Saturday’s rivalry game at Basalt. The Longhorns took down first-year league foe Coal Ridge on Tuesday at home to match Aspen’s record.Whoever wins Saturday’s game will have the inside track to the league crown.”We’ve just got to be ready for them,” Sutherland said. “They’re still the favorite because they’ve been winning all their games. It’s also on their home field. They’re the team to beat in the Western Slope, so hopefully we have a positive attitude and give them a competitive game.”Nate Peterson’s e-mail address is email@example.com
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