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Eagle Valley `spanks’ Aspen soccer

Aspen Times Staff Report

Instead of solidifying their position as the No. 2 team in the Class 3A Western Slope League boys soccer standings, the Aspen High boys soccer team only further complicated their playoff status Tuesday afternoon at Eagle Valley.

Aspen, which KO’d Eagle Valley 4-2 at home on Sept. 9, was soundly beaten 6-2 in Tuesday’s rematch.

“We got spanked,” said Grant “Junior” Sutherland, who coaches Aspen with John Gillies.

“[Eagle Valley] scored three goals in the first 10 minutes – it was like our guys never woke up after getting off the bus,” the coach said.

“I can’t understand these kids. It’s frustrating.”

Aspen managed one goal in the first half on a shot by senior Scott Woolley. And the second half was much like the first, with Eagle outscoring Aspen 3 to 1 on a hat trick by Eagle Valley senior midfielder Tommy Migchelbrink.

Aspen freshman Stephen Buzbee scored Aspen’s second goal on a header assisted by junior Matt Fox.

Aspen fell to 4-3 in league play and 5-7 overall on the season. Eagle Valley improved its league record to 3-4.

“I think we’re still in second place behind [undefeated] Basalt in the league standings, but we’ve got to win two of the next three games to have any chance of getting a bye past the regionals,” said Sutherland.

“If not, we’ll be going on the road – and we’ve still got to win one more game just for that even.”

Aspen has the rest of the week, and weekend, off. The team returns to the game pitch next Tuesday, Oct. 7, at home against Roaring Fork, for the first of its three final regular-season matches.

This year, the top four teams from the 3A Western Slope League will qualify for the postseason. The top two teams earn byes directly to the 16-team Class 3A state tournament, while the bottom two must begin play at the 32-team regional tournament level.

“Our next three games are at home, which is nice, but we still need to finish,” said Sutherland. “But first, we need this week off.”


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