Boys soccer: Roaring Fork nips Aspen in OT
The Aspen Times
The Aspen Skiers and the Roaring Fork Rams enjoyed extra soccer Tuesday afternoon.
Playing in their second game of the season, the Aspen High School boys soccer team traveled to Carbondale for a nonleague contest against the host Rams.
After a 1-1 tie in regulation, Roaring Fork converted a through ball and scored for a 2-1 win in overtime.
The game was the first of the season for the Rams.
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“We struggled early,” Aspen head coach Dave Francis said, commending the play of Roaring Fork out of the gate. “They’ve got some really good players.”
He said a defensive breakdown in overtime cost the Skiers, who had rallied with a strong second-half performance.
“It was a through ball … at an awkward height. They got behind us,” Francis said. “But we were the dominant team in the second half.”
After Roaring Fork posted a 1-0 halftime lead, Aspen tied the match in the second half on a goal by Guillermo Flores, assisted by Erik Gagen.
“In the first half we struggled with (their formation),” Francis said. “In the second half, we moved the ball, took control.”
He said the Aspen players are still adjusting to playing on natural grass fields.
“Our fitness is coming along,” the Aspen head coach said. “It’s definitely picking up.”
He said the Skiers will benefit from these tough early season matches. Aspen opened with a 2-1 win at Basalt last week.
The Skiers also have a change in their schedule.
The match this week at Moffat County in Craig has been moved to Monday.
The Skiers will travel to Jefferson Academy for matches Friday and Saturday this week.
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