Aspen girls soccer carries momentum on road
The Aspen Times
The Aspen High School girls soccer team carried momentum on the road Saturday when the Skiers headed west on Interstate 70 to Parachute.
The Skiers had won a pair of post-spring break games last week, including a 2-0 conference victory over Roaring Fork in Aspen.
The Aspen girls made it three in a row Saturday morning when they rolled past former league champ Grand Valley 7-1.
The momentum-driven win came in spite of two untimely injures for the streaking Skiers.
Leading scorer Logan McNamee twisted an ankle and was sidelined Saturday along with starting goalkeeper Jessica Coxon, who left after a collision, according to head coach John Gillies.
“We haven’t won down here in a while,” Gillies said after the high-scoring victory, adding that the Aspen girls played with confidence against the Cardinals.
Freshman Chelsea Moore scored her first varsity goal, Gillies said, adding to the Aspen momentum.
Melody Lemke scored the second goal.
Claire O’Sullivan scored twice, Arley Gordon added a goal and Nicole Buglione also found the back of the net for the Skiers, who improved to 5-1-0 on the season.
“And we were so strong in the back,” Gillies said of the Aspen defenders.
He said Katherine Milette, one of the Aspen captains, played outstanding defense against Grand Valley’s most dangerous striker.
He said the Skiers have been working on shooting opportunities of late.
On Saturday, they took advantage with seven goals on a field where wins have been difficult for road teams in recent years.
“I’m so proud of the girls,” Gillies said.
Grand Valley fell to 2-2-0 with Saturday’s loss.
The Skiers will return to action Tuesday with a road game at Rifle (4 p.m.).
The Aspen girls soccer team will return to Aspen School District Stadium on Thursday for a game against Rangely.
The Skiers’ next road game will be April 14 at Moffat County in Craig.
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