Faith edges Aspen, Basalt
Faith Christian owned the upper Roaring Fork Valley over the weekend ” at least as far as girls soccer is concerned ” beating Aspen 3-2 on Friday and Basalt 4-3 on Saturday.
But Aspen bounced back Saturday with an impressive 5-2 win over Vail Mountain.
“That was a better performance,” John Gillies, who coaches the Skiers with Junior Sutherland, said. “We let in a couple sloppy goals, but on the whole we played some good football ” at times, we played gracefully.”
Aspen’s freshman sensation Taylor Buzbee accounted for three goals over the weekend, including both scores Friday.
“I’ve watched her play for years now,” Gillies said. “I always knew she’d be good.”
Seniors Lindsay Patterson and Alex Bethel, and sophomore Katrina DeVore also scored Saturday.
“[Patterson] and Alex Bethel are both superb,” Gillies added. “Patterson is on fire. She probably has more desire than anyone on the team.”
And for Gillies, that’s worrisome.
“We’ve got a great core of players, great talent,” he said. “Our main problem is trying to invoke some passion. They don’t want to win that much ” they have no emotion, no killer instinct.”
The Skiers, now 1-3 overall (1-0 in Class 3A Western Slope League play) travel to Moffat County for a 4 p.m. game Thursday, the day before spring break.
“We’ll have eight or nine starters missing,” Gillies said. “So we’ll basically be taking the JVs down there, which is good ” it gives you a chance to take a look at someone you may need to bring up.”
The Longhorns know how that feels. Six starters were out of the lineup Friday, as Basalt is on spring break this week.
But BHS head coach Chris Woods didn’t use that as an excuse for the outcome against Faith Christian.
“We gave them a good run, it just wasn’t our day,” he said.
Seniors Ukare Sano and Ashley Eaton and junior Brittany Gueglielmo scored for Basalt.
Basalt is now 1-1 overall after shutting out Vail Mountain 4-0 in their season-opener March 16. Basalt is off until April 3 when they host Eagle Valley.
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