Aspen soccer stumbles vs. GJ |

Aspen soccer stumbles vs. GJ

In their season-opener against Grand Junction Central Thursday, a young Aspen High School boys soccer team took a 3-1 lead into halftime, then allowed five goals in the second half to lose 6-3.

“A game of two halves,” said Grant “Junior” Sutherland, who coaches AHS with John Gillies.

Freshmen Stephen Buzby scored two goals for Aspen in the first half, “so it was a good start to his high school career,” Sutherland said.

Aspen’s third goal came on a Central “own goal,” Sutherland said.

“In the first half, we played fantastic, really well,” the coach said. “The second half we just fell apart, died, and our inexperience gave way to a strong 5A team in Grand Junction Central.”

“But there’s a lot we can take away from it, especially considering we’re missing five kids. It was a very good experience for the younger kids.”

Aspen sophomore Fred Bernard played most of the game in net. Andy Conarroe played the last 15 minutes between the pipes, Sutherland said.

Aspen travels to face Paonia in a non-league match on Saturday. On Tuesday at 6 p.m., Aspen opens its Class 3A Western Slope League schedule at Roaring Fork High in Carbondale.

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