Aspen High girls soccer playoff run ends

Dale Strode
The Aspen Times
Aspen's Clara Maxwell chips the ball against Basalt earlier this season. The AHS freshman scored two goals in the Skiers' first-round playoff win over St. Mary's of Colorado Springs.
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The Aspen High School girls soccer season ended Saturday morning.

But the Skiers took a season’s worth of highlights into Saturday night’s prom after winning a first-round state playoff game and then facing the No. 4 team in the state on its home field.

No. 4 seed Jefferson Academy stopped the Aspen playoff run 3-nil in Broomfield, sending the Jaguars (12-4-0) into the state quarterfinals.

The Skiers finished the season 13-4-0, including the key 3-2 win over St. Mary’s of Colorado Springs on Friday night in Broomfield.

“We played a wee bit tired,” Aspen head coach John Gillies said after the Skiers turned around for an 11 a.m. game Saturday against Jefferson Academy, which had a bye in the first round. “They didn’t have a game on Friday, and were were a little tired. But overall I’m very happy.”

Gillies said the balanced Jefferson Academy team took the early lead in the second-round playoff game Saturday.

But the Skiers stymied the Jaguars in the second half.

“We held our own; the girls showed heart,” Gillies said after the Skiers posted their best record in a half-dozen years.

They also had major contributions from underclassmen this season, running off nine shutouts in a playoff year.

“At one point, we had eight freshmen on the field (Saturday),” Gillies said. “We’re happy. The future looks bright.”

A night earlier, freshman Clara Maxwell scored two goals and freshman Ellie Oates added another in Aspen’s 3-0 victory over St. Mary’s.

Sophomore Chelsea Moore made a sliding save, clearing the ball for the Skiers in the closing seconds of the one-goal game.

That set up Saturday’s finale for the Skiers.