Buzbee gets AHS past Roaring Fork
Aspen Times Staff Writer
With two goals from freshman striker Stephen Buzbee and sure-handed net-minding from sophomore Fred Bernard, the Aspen High boys soccer team bettered Roaring Fork 3-2 Tuesday afternoon in Aspen.
Hanging onto their No. 2 spot in the Class 3A Western Slope League standings, the Skiers improved to 5-3 in league play and 6-7 overall. Moreover, with two games to play in the regular season, Aspen clinched a spot in the 3A state tournament.
“We’re in the playoffs, but we haven’t clinched second place – not at all. We’re still battling with Eagle Valley and Vail Mountain,” said Grant “Junior” Sutherland, who coaches Aspen with John Gillies.
Aspen’s Buzbee scored the only goal of the first half yesterday. He added his second goal to put Aspen up 2-1 in the second half with a header off a corner kick. Aspen and Roaring Fork then both scored on penalty kicks, Aspen’s courtesy of junior Gabriel Grisolia with nine minutes to play and Roaring Fork’s with about a minute left.
“Roaring Fork is a good team,” Sutherland said. “They’re definitely a much improved team, and I take nothing away from them. Fred Bernard had two or three great saves that really kept us in the game today.
“Now our guys control their own destiny in terms of the playoffs, but from here on out, it’s one game at a time,” the coach continued. “Today was a tough game, and our guys played with a little more passion, which was nice to see.”
Next up for Aspen is the Colorado Rocky Mountain School; kickoff is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. as part of Aspen’s homecoming weekend. Aspen wraps up its regular season on Tuesday, Oct. 14, at home against Basalt.
Last week, the Longhorns clinched their third straight 3A Western Slope League championship, and the team remains unbeaten in league play. With the league title, Basalt also clinched the first of four state playoffs seeds from the league.
Aspen lost to Basalt the first time around this season and beat CRMS 5-2 in a previous match-up.
“We’re focused on CRMS and Saturday,” Sutherland said. “That’s our only goal right now.”
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