Aspen High girls soccer kicks off 2-0 season | AspenTimes.com

Aspen High girls soccer kicks off 2-0 season

Dale Strode
The Aspen Times
Goalkeeper Jessica Coxon leads the Aspen High School girls soccer team through the postgame handshake line after Thursday's match against visiting Basalt. The Skiers won 1-0.
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The Aspen High School girls soccer team is off and kicking into the new season.

The Skiers, behind Logan McNamee’s second-half goal, won their home opener Thursday afternoon in a 1-0 decision over visiting Basalt.

McNamee broke the scoreless tie when she converted a ricochet goal 16 minutes into the 40-minute second half at the snow-cleared Aspen School District turf field.

“What happened was my friend Nicole (Buglione), she assisted … she gave (the ball) to me, and I hit it into the corner; it hit the bar and went right in,” she said of the scoring play, which was set up by Erin Spence who worked the ball to the right side of the Basalt goal.

“Our defense was very strong, very organized,” McNamee said, crediting her teammates and goalkeeper Jessica Coxon for the shutout win. Captain Katherine Milette directs the back-line defense for the Skiers.

McNamee, the daughter of Crystal and Brendan McNamee, also provided the scoring — four goals — in Aspen’s 4-2 win at Roaring Fork earlier this week.

“Our team is playing very strong right now,” McNamee said. “It’s very exciting.”

The Aspen offense generated 12 shot Thursday. And the Aspen defense had to turn back a bevy of Basalt attacks in the Longhorns’ first game of the season.

They managed eight shots, including a pair of dynamic shots from Callie Card.

Her left-footed offering with 9:46 to play in the first half nearly gave the Longhorns the lead.

Aspen countered with a pair of shots from Julia Ely just before the halftime whistle.

The Skiers opened the second half with attacks from Arley Gordon and Spence and a midfield shot from Lindzhi Douglass.

“We had a lot of possession,” Aspen head coach John Gillies said. “This is the first time (this year) we’ve played on this field … it looked big to us.”

He said he was pleased with the organized defensive effort in their second game of the season.

“I’m so happy with our defense. Our defensive midfield is working as a unit,” Gillies said, credited the Basalt team with a solid match Thursday.

“They’ve got a lot of depth in that Basalt team. That’s a good team,” the Aspen coach said.

The Skiers used a variety of players Thursday, including Maria King, Lacey Newhard, Melody Lemke, Claire O’Sullivan and Theresa Martin, among others.

The Aspen High School girls soccer team (2-0-0) will be back in action next week when the Skiers host Vail Mountain at 4 p.m. March 19.

Two days later, the Skiers will travel to Grand Valley.

After a week of spring break, the Aspen High School girls soccer team will resume play March 31 at Vail Christian.

They will host Roaring Fork on April 2.

The rematch at Basalt is scheduled for April 28.

dstrode@aspentimes.com


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