Aspen High girls soccer beats Telluride to open season
With numerous players missing — from ski competitions to school plays — Aspen High School girls soccer coach John Gillies did his best to temper his expectations for Saturday’s season opener against Telluride.
As expected, there were some bumps, but otherwise little to complain about in Aspen’s 2-0 win at the AHS athletic field.
“We saw glimpses of what we are trying to achieve, but we still need a lot of basic stuff, which will come with more playing,” Gillies said. “It’s the first game of the season. You can’t expect too much.”
After some back-and-forth action early, a goal by Aspen’s Emily Brenninger late in the first half gave the Skiers a 1-0 lead at the break. A goal by Simone Lamont in the second half gave Aspen a two-goal cushion, and the defense held on to finish out the game with the shutout.
“It was a bit of ding-dong. We didn’t have enough grace, which we practice,” Gillies said of the first half. “If you can come away with a win in the first game of the season, we’ll be happy.”
Aspen (1-0), which is coming off a 13-4 season in which it made the second round of the Class 3A state tournament before a loss to eventual semifinalist Jefferson Academy, next will host Crested Butte on Monday. The season had originally been scheduled to begin March 9 against Basalt, but the game was postponed because of field conditions.
Basalt is scheduled to open its season Monday at SkyView Academy in Highlands Ranch. The Longhorns, coached by Andrew Huntsman, are coming off a 9-6 season, their most wins since going 11-3-3 during the 2010 season.
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