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Aspen wins ninth straight

Nate Peterson
Aspen senior Carly Magill, center, fires a shot on goal Saturday against Rangely at lower Moore Field. The Skiers won, 4-0. (Mark Fox/The Aspen Times)
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The names change. The outcomes remain the same.Aspen’s girls soccer team dropped league foe Rangely, 4-0, Saturday at lower Moore Field for its ninth straight win and its 12 overall.After a sluggish first half, the Skiers exploded for three goals in the first 10 minutes of the second to close the door on the Panthers (2-5-3 overall, 2-5-1 in Western Slope 3A).”It’s coming together,” Aspen coach Jon Gillies said. “I think we’re getting gradually better. The first half we didn’t come out to play, but for 20 minutes in the second half we looked really good.”

The Skiers (10-1 in league) have played inconsistently at times since a 3-1 upset of rival Basalt on April 22, but that’s bound to happen after such a huge win, Gillies said.Aspen pulled out a 2-0 win against Roaring Fork on Tuesday, then easily handled Cole Ridge Thursday to earn a 4-0 victory. The Skiers close out the regular season Tuesday at home against Vail Mountain School.In the first meeting on March 21, the Gore Rangers pushed Aspen, but fell at home, 2-0.”We’ve just been getting better since the Basalt game,” Gillies said. “We peaked there, then we had to come down from that high. … What we’re going to try to do now with the Vail game is pack it in and see if we can play well for the whole 80 minutes.”Senior Emily Hassall scored Aspen’s first goal in the 24th minute off an assist from junior Taylor Buzbee.

Aspen’s offense got a spark from Katrina DeVore in the second half when the senior netted a rare unassisted goal in the 44th minute, then added an assist four minutes later on a goal from Buzbee.Senior Kelly Mitchell booted in Aspen’s final goal in the 50th minute off a pass from junior Grace Seigle.Freshman goalie Molly Wilson played the entire 80 minutes for the Skiers on Saturday, after playing in all but 10 minutes of Thursday’s win against Coal Ridge.Wilson is expected to start again Tuesday, although Gillies let on that senior Carly Magill will likely start in goal in the playoffs.

Magill, who prefers to play on offense, agreed to play keeper for the Basalt game and the move paid off as the aggressive senior came up with 14 saves in the win -most coming off point-blank shots.”In tough games, we’ll always start Carly just because of maturity.” Gillies said. “Molly’s a freshman. She’ll be a good goalkeeper, it can just be quite daunting for a freshman to play in situations like that. Carly can handle the pressure.”Tuesday’s game starts at 4 p.m.Nate Peterson’s e-mail address is npeterson@aspentimes.com


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