Aspen High girls soccer team takes advantage of a snow day
The Aspen Times
The Aspen Skiers didn’t hesitate to take advantage of a snow day.
The Aspen High School girls soccer team, playing in snow flurries Saturday morning, shut out visiting Colorado Rocky Mountain School 3-0 in a game in which the Skiers dominated possession.
School district crews cleared the crumb-rubber turf at Aspen School District Stadium earlier Saturday morning, plowing the 8 inches of heavy, wet snow off to the side of the field.
The Skiers established their early footing when senior captain Logan McNamee scored just two-and-a-half minutes into the match, finishing a string of Aspen passes that led to the goal.
Similar attacking passes out of the midfield produced Aspen’s second goal.
Chelsea Moore angled a pass from midfield to the right side where Claire O’Sullivan was making a run.
O’Sullivan collected the pass and scored on a tough angle from the right side, up and over the keeper’s right shoulder.
From the 2-0 halftime lead, the Skiers added a third and final goal when Clara Maxwell scored after taking a perfect cross from right near the end line with 25:15 to play.
“The girls wanted to play today,” Aspen head coach John Gillies said. “They were passing the ball around well.”
Gillies said the team had a big win when they traveled to Rangely for the 8-0 decision.
“It’s always tough to go that far,” Gillies said. “But the girls didn’t miss a beat.”
He said CRMS provided a good test for the Skiers, who won their fourth consecutive match.
“They’ve always got great athletes,” he said.
Gillies said the Skiers also completed a pre-match mission.
“I asked for composure, and they gave me composure,” Gillies said as the Skiers improved to 7-2-0 overall. They are 4-1-0 in the Western Slope League.
CRMS moved to 2-2-1 in league and overall.
The victory also was the fourth consecutive shutout for the Aspen girls.
In the past 20 days, the Skiers beat Roaring Fork 4-0, Rifle 7-0, Rangely 8-0 and CRMS 3-0.
The Skiers are scheduled to host Moffat County at 4 p.m. Monday at Aspen School District Stadium.
They will play at Grand Valley on April 21 and at Coal Ridge in New Castle on April 28. Aspen will host Basalt on May 3.
Ella Johnson gave thought to the risk when she decided to close out her senior year at Glenwood Springs High School playing soccer and make a bid for another shot at the Class 4A state track meet podium finish.
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