Aspen girls soccer rushes into new season
The Aspen Times
The Aspen High School girls soccer team kicked into the new season this week, dodging snow banks and snow storms.
The Skiers, in a chilly home opener, rolled past visiting Roaring Fork 6-1 on the turf field in Aspen.
The win evened Aspen’s early record at 1-1-0; the Skiers had opened on the road with a 4-0 loss to powerhouse Jefferson Academy in Denver.
“We’re still not at full strength yet,” veteran Aspen head coach John Gillies said. “We still have three skiing.”
He said the team has a strong freshman presence with players who are already contributing to the team this year.
Freshmen Ellie Oates scored in the win over Roaring Fork.
Sophomore Nicole Buglione also scored in the Aspen win.
Senior Logan McNamee scored twice.
Ellie Beck, another senior, added another goal for Aspen.
Freshman Jasmine Hanson played in goal for the 6-1 win.
“She’s going to be a great goalkeeper,” Gillies said of the Aspen freshman keeper. “The kids have come out with a great attitude.”
Gillies said the team played in ultra-cold conditions Tuesday night in Aspen.
“It was very, very, very cold,” Gillies said. “The ball was so hard they couldn’t kick it.”
He said the Skiers used basic soccer and worked on passing the ball in their opening two games.
The match against Jefferson Academy, he said, was very helpful for the Skiers.
“We played well in the first half of that game,” Gillies said. “We learned a lot from that game.”
He said the Skiers got a glimpse of playoff-caliber soccer against Jefferson Academy.
“The girls know we’ve got to up our game (against playoff teams),” Gillies said. “It was a great help to play them so early in the season.”
The Skiers are scheduled to play at Basalt today at 4 p.m., field conditions permitting.
If the Basalt field is not playable, the match might be moved to the turf field in Aspen.
The Aspen girls soccer team will host Grand Valley at 3 p.m. Saturday.
Aspen will have one more game before spring break — at Vail Mountain School on March 24.
After the break, Aspen will host Vail Christian on April 5.
Aspen will play Basalt again in the regular-season finale on May 3.
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