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Aspen girls soccer blanks Vail Christian

Jon Maletz
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado

A soggy pitch – and the Vail Christian defense – could do little to slow the Aspen girls soccer team in Thursday’s season opener.

The Skiers erupted for five first-half goals, tacked on two more in the final 40 minutes and cruised to a 7-0 road victory over the Saints.

“It was a funny game. Half the field was completely submerged in water,” Aspen head coach John Gillies said. “It was like playing water polo out there. The girls came off the field with drenched feet and uniforms.”

The Skiers shook off a slow start in the game’s first 15 minutes with a flurry of scores.

“We had some cobwebs for sure but once they got the composure going, they settled down and passed the ball well,” Gillies said. “Once we penetrated for the first time, it all seemed to fall into place.”

Anna Stevens, Annie Graber and Yosaline Ayala each scored twice while Annabelle Wilcox pitched in with one goal for Aspen, which hosts Roaring Fork at 5 p.m. Tuesday.

The senior-laden Skiers, who last season were ousted from the 3A state playoffs after an opening-round loss to then-No. 5 Peak to Peak, also is slated to host Basalt on Thursday and Coal Ridge on Saturday.

“That’s three tough games in a week, but we really have a big, deep squad,” Gillies said. “We’re looking forward to playing.”

jmaletz@aspentimes.com

Today’s games

• Aspen girls golf at Devil’s Thumb, 10 a.m.

• Aspen girls tennis hosts Durango, 4 p.m.

• Aspen boys lacrosse hosts Durango, 4 p.m.

• Basalt girls soccer at Roaring Fork, 4 p.m.

Saturday’s games

• Aspen baseball at Rifle (DH), 11 a.m.


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