Aspen girls soccer falters against Slope leader Coal Ridge |

Aspen girls soccer falters against Slope leader Coal Ridge

Jon Maletz
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado

PEACH VALLEY ” Playing three games in four days finally caught up with the Aspen girls soccer team Thursday in Peach Valley.

The Skiers surrendered two first-half goals to 3A Western Slope leader Coal Ridge in the first 40 minutes and faded down the stretch, losing 5-1.

“I’m not really sure [what happened], apart from that they wanted to win obviously more than us,” Aspen head coach John Gillies said. “The girls showed passion and they fought hard, but after 30 minutes they got tired. … There were lots of tired legs.”

The Skiers, who blanked Vail Christian and Colorado Rocky Mountain School by a combined total of 8-0 in games on Monday and Tuesday, pinned the Titans deep in their own half during the opening minutes Thursday, Gillies said. Things changed, however, after Coal Ridge struck twice on well-executed shots from outside the box.

“Their forwards really work well together,” Gillies said. “After that, we were deflated.”

Sydney Wright scored three goals and Drew Simonson and Kourtney Mitchell each added one for the Titans, who improved to 9-0-1 in league play.

Brittany Marrs scored the lone goal for the Skiers, who are currently jockeying with Vail Mountain School for third and fourth place in the Slope. The league’s top four teams earn postseason berths.

Aspen hosts Coal Ridge on Tuesday, then travels to rival Basalt on Thursday.

“I’m very impressed [with Coal Ridge],” Gillies said. “I’ve watched that team develop over the last three years, and it’s been amazing. They even look like soccer players, more than any other team I’ve come across. Every one of those girls is capable. … I think they’ll do really well [at states.]

“We’re trying to fight for third place and see what [playoff seeding] we have. … This is a tough season. We know what we’re up against and what battles we have to win.”

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