Aspen girls soccer extends winning streak |

Aspen girls soccer extends winning streak

Aspen's Claire O'Sullivan works the ball against Rangely on Thursday afternoon.
Jeremy Wallace / The Aspen Times |

The Aspen High School girls soccer team extended its winning streak Thursday afternoon with a 2-0 shutout victory over visiting Rangely.

The Skiers generated a huge advantage in shots against the winless Panthers, who managed to stay close with a series of goalkeeper saves and defensive gems.

“Our defense, once again, did the job,” Aspen head coach John Gillies said. “And a win’s a win. We’ll take it.”

But the Skiers’ level of play clearly frustrated the veteran Aspen soccer coach.

“We forgot about the fundamentals of what we do,” Gillies said. “When you are playing against a team that doesn’t attack, it’s … difficult.”

The Skiers, who launched a staggering 26 shots, converted two into goals. Three others hit the Rangely post.

Erin Spence scored Aspen’s first goal with a shot low into the left corner of the goal in the 10th minute of play.

Her score came after successive Aspen shots by Logan McNamee and Arley Gordon.

McNamee pushed the lead to 2-0 in the 32nd minute with another low shot across the face of the Rangely goal and into the side netting.

The Panthers, in addition to a high line of defense that drew numerous offsides calls against the Skiers, turned back shot after shot. Goalkeeper Simone Heinle directed the Panthers’ defense.

Halie Elam had a number of clearing defensive plays for the Panthers (0-8-0).

The Skiers had shots from Claire O’Sullivan, Jane Becnel, Katherine Milette, Chelsea Moore, Lacey Newhard, Julia Ely and Lindzhi Douglass, among others.

With a defense that limited Rangley to only one shot, the Aspen girls improved to 7-1-0 on the season with their fifth consecutive victory.

“Now, we will prepare for Moffat,” Gillies said as the Skiers get ready for a trip to Craig next Tuesday for a match against the Moffat County Bulldogs (3-3-0).

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