Aspen High girls soccer extends winning streak
The Aspen Times
The Skiers turned up the heat.
On a chilly but sunny Saturday in Aspen, the AHS girls soccer team continued its torrid early season play with a dominating 7-1 victory over visiting Grand Valley.
The Skiers scored early and then took advantage of a shorthanded Cardinals’ squad that had a player sent off with a red card late in the first half.
The visitors stunned Aspen with the first goal of the game on a quick counterattack, booted into the net by Hannah Fenton just six-and-a-half minutes in.
But the Aspen scoring parade would follow.
Lindzhi Douglass started the trend with a blast off the crossbar.
Less than a minute later, Aspen freshman Emily Brenninger scored to tie the match at 1-1.
Midway through the first half, Chelsea Moore lofted a finesse shot up and over the Grand Valley keeper from 20 yards out for a 2-1 Aspen lead.
She extended the Skiers’ lead with her second goal — this one on a direct kick from 25 yards out.
Aspen’s Melody Lemke then tallied the first of the Skiers’ power-play goals with the Cardinals a player short.
From the 4-1 halftime advantage, the Skiers added three more goals in the second half — two by Clair O’Sullivan and one by Pascale Augspurger.
Ellies Oates subbed in goal for the Skiers on Saturday for her first high school victory.
The Aspen girls soccer team improved to 3-1-0 on the season.
They had defeated Roaring Fork 6-2 earlier this week with a hat trick from Brenninger.
Grand Valley moved to 0-2-0 with Saturday’s loss on the turf field in Aspen.
The Aspen girls will play at Vail Mountain School on Thursday. That will be their final match before spring break.
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