CRMS upsets Aspen after long drought
Connor Bottomly scored a hat trick as the Colorado Rocky Mountain School (CRMS) boys soccer team thumped Aspen 6-3 on Monday afternoon in Carbondale.It marked CRMS’ first victory over Aspen in boys soccer in at least four years.”I felt like we’ve been on the verge of this for a while, we’ve just never put a whole game together,” said CRMS coach A.O. Forbes. “It’s nice to put the whole thing together.”CRMS scored three goals inside five minutes early in the first half and took a 3-1 lead into halftime.CRMS improved to 3-5 in Class 3A Western Slope League standings; Aspen dropped to 1-4.”We got a hiding,” said Aspen coach Grant “Junior” Sutherland. “Ouch. Very ouch.”All credit to CRMS. They wanted to win so bad. They deserved it. They’ve worked hard and they’re getting no break from me. They deserved the win,” Sutherland continued.The win vaulted CRMS into fourth place in the 3A WSL standings and knocked Aspen into the cellar position at No. 6.Basalt (4-0-1) leads the league standings, followed by No. 2 Vail Mountain (4-0-3) and No. 3 Roaring Fork (2-3-1).CRMS has two more league games to play, while Aspen has five more to go, as the bottom three teams fight to remain in contention for the third and final state playoff berth from the league.”If we won our final two games … well, who knows how it all might shake out,” CRMS’ Forbes said of the playoff picture.”One of our main players was hurt in the game against Aspen, with a broken collar bone, and another one broke his leg before the season. So I’d love to think we have a chance, but it’s not going to be easy.”CRMS’ Nick Forbes scored two goals against Aspen and Jack Tolan twined one to make six for CRMS. Goalie Michael Chock recorded the win in net, “and he played great,” said Forbes.Aspen goal scorers included Gabriel Brisolia, Carlos Rojas and Eric Sciarrone.CRMS is off until Oct. 14 – a rematch with Aspen at AHS. CRMS’ final league opponent is Roaring Fork, a squad that beat CRMS 4-3 the first time around.Aspen, meanwhile, resumes play today at 4 p.m. at the AHS field against Basalt.Asked how the team will bounce back today against the dominant Longhorns, Aspen’s Sutherland was stumped.”No idea. No idea. I don’t know who’s going to show up tomorrow. The team that played against Vail or the team that played against CRMS. I’m hoping it’s the one against Vail,” the Aspen coach said.
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