Hassall sisters lift Aspen over VMS, 2-0
EAST VAIL ” Could we please get these ladies some Philly cheese steak sandwiches, please?
Emily and Julia Hassall, one year separated from the City of Brotherly Love, certainly earned some home cooking, scoring each of Aspen’s goals in a 2-0 win against Vail Mountain at The Igloo Tuesday.
“They’re a great import from Philadelphia,” Aspen coach John Gillies said.
“It’s great,” said Emily, who had had the game-winner eight minutes into Tuesday’s 3A Slope contest. “We work very hard and very well together. It pays off.”
“We’ve been doing this since we were very little,” said Julia, who made it bookend goals for the sisters with a tally in the 61st.
Aspen moved to 2-0 in the Slope, while VMS dropped to 0-2-1.
“We always get an early goal and then we sit back,” Gilies said. “We just can’t kill team off, so it’s nerve-wracking. It takes us a while to get that second goal.
“We have a lot of seniors who have played together for a lot of time, and a lot of maturity there. We’ve got a lot of freshmen who have the mirror effect of the seniors. There’s good depth. The problem we have is we never get to train out in the field. So as soon as we get out on the field, we can’t get possession of the ball. But that’s two out of two in the league.”
“The game was predictable,” VMS coach Bob Bandoni said. “We thought the game would be played in the middle of the field and it was. We wanted to try to counter that by seeing if we could play out of the midfield, playing wide.
“We struggled doing that. We thought that if they were going to score, they were going to do that right down the middle of the field. They did that. We couldn’t counter. We’re still struggling to see who’s going to score goals. That is a question that we have not answered yet.”
Aspen looked sharp from the beginning, taking it to the Gore Rangers. Aspen’s Taylor Buzbee fed Emily Hassall at the top right of VMS’ box and she took her shot.
The goalie (VMS’ Cely Brinkmann) came out a little bit,” Hassall said. “It was off the right side of my foot, right down the side. It kind of tiptoed. I was kind of waiting and watching it roll end.”
Roll in it did, and then as Gilies lamented, Aspen could not put the Gore Rangers away. VMS was fundamentally solid in back, and Brinkmann was exceptional against an onslaught of Skiers’ shots. VMS simply couldn’t transition the ball from the midfield to the attacking third.
“To me, that’s where the issue is. The other thing that was happening was that our strikers were getting separated from our midfield, so we couldn’t get numbers up on that half of the field. Those are all things we will take to training.”
In the second half, the sisters, who made it clear that they miss cheese steaks, not cream cheese from Philly, hooked up to ice it.
“Assist from my sister, and then the goalie came out, and I just tapped it under the goalie’s gloves,” Julia said.
Aspen is off until April 5 when the Skiers are at CRMS. VMS travels to Rangely Thursday for a 4 p.m. game.
“We’re going to be missing more players when we go to Rangely because we have folks who are still finishing their ski seasons,” Bandoni said. “So, it’s going to be interesting to see if we can pull together. We’ve got to have players who step up in the middle of the field who do not ordinarily play there and see if we can pick up some points on the road.”
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