Aspen girls soccer blanks Vail Christian
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.”
• 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.
• Aspen baseball at Rifle (DH), 11 a.m.
Support Local Journalism
Support Local Journalism
Readers around Aspen and Snowmass Village make the Aspen Times’ work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.
Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.
Each donation will be used exclusively for the development and creation of increased news coverage.
Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.
User Legend: Moderator Trusted User
Had Hailey Swirbul decided against going to Europe, she would not have finished with a career-best result in Friday’s World Cup opener. Yes, there was a time, and not long ago, when the U.S. ski team member and Roaring Fork Valley native questioned her desire to put on a race bib.