Aspen girls soccer blanks CRMS; Coal Ridge next |

Aspen girls soccer blanks CRMS; Coal Ridge next

Jon Maletz
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado

CARBONDALE – Austin Owen scored two goals to lead the Aspen girls soccer team to a 5-0 win over Colorado Rocky Mountain School on Tuesday in Carbondale.

Annie Graber, Kate Moyer and Lauren Anderson also found the net for the Skiers, who are in the midst of a one-week stretch in which they play four games. Aspen pounded Vail Christian, 7-1, on Monday to improve to 6-1-1. It hosts 3A Region 4 leader Coal Ridge at 4 p.m. Thursday.

“We’re still blowing out the cobwebs [after the break for Ex-Ed],” Aspen head coach John Gillies said. “We tried to rest our players. … This was really a preparational game for Thursday.”

Coal Ridge (7-0-1), which assumed sole possession of first place with a win in Basalt on Saturday, routed Roaring Fork, 7-0, in other action Tuesday.

Goalkeeper Tori Verdieck and the Titans have yet to allow a goal this season.

“We’re as ready as we’ll ever be [to face Coal Ridge]. Hopefully we can grind out a result,” said Gillies, whose team will play the Titans again Tuesday, April 27. “Watching their passing game, I think they’ll like to play on our field more than we will. … We’re never going to out-pass them, but maybe we can force them to play our game. … We’ll try and consolidate and let them come to us, and get as many people behind the ball as possible.

“Hopefully we can frustrate them. … The girls will either be happy to go to state in third, or they’ll step up.”

Girls lacrosse coach Meredith Elwell Sauder called the first 15 minutes of Tuesday’s game “Some of the best we’ve played as an Aspen program.”

The Skiers could not hang on, however. Visiting Summit overcame an early two-goal deficit and pulled out a 9-5 win.

“It’s hard to say you’re OK with a loss … but we’re able to walk away saying we put together a good effort out there,” Elwell Sauder said. “The girls played their hearts out. … Having Ex-Ed is definitely a challenge, but I thought the girls responded well. … It was our game to be had.”

Isabelle Woodrow helped Aspen (2-4) jump out to the early lead with a goal three minutes into the opening quarter. The Skiers led by two after just six minutes of play.

“We did a great job of keeping the ball in the attacking zone,” Elwell Sauder said. “I’d argue that we probably possessed the ball a little longer than Summit. We just didn’t convert as many of our possessions into goals as they did.”

The Tigers battled back to take a 5-3 lead at the break, then scored four times in the second half – the last coming with eight seconds remaining.

Mary Beasley scored two goals and Allie Garrett and CoCo Writer each pitched in with one for Aspen, which travels to Grand Junction on Friday.

“Despite the loss, we’re getting better,” Elwell Sauder said. “They put in a full-game effort. That’s all you expect out of the kids. Win or lose, up or down, they’re giving everything they can.”

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