Kent Denver KOs Aspen High soccer |

Kent Denver KOs Aspen High soccer

No. 2 seed Kent Denver dispatched No. 15 Aspen High 6-1 Saturday morning in Denver in the opening round of the Class 3A boys soccer state tournament.

“We were out-played, out-manned, out-everythinged,” said Grant “Junior” Sutherland, who coaches Aspen with John Gillies. “They’re a good strong team.”

Aspen trailed 3-0 at halftime, a deficit that quickly grew after another quick-hitting pair of Kent Denver goals.

“We’re a young team with two seniors starting and a lot of underclassmen. To play against a team of that caliber – we weren’t good enough to do the job. But to see a team of that caliber, that’s what experience is all about.

“We finished the game with possibliy next year’s team on the park, and hopefully the younger guys can take something from it. We’ll work from there. The big picture looks OK; this was a tough loss on the day, though,” Sutherland continued.

Sophomore Sam Harder scored the Skiers’ only goal, and he hit the post on another shot two minutes later in the second half, Sutherland said. “His best game for Aspen, for sure.”

Sophomore goalie Fred Bernard “saved us a bunch of times, as well,” Sutherland said.

“He had another great game for us, and he’ll be a big asset coming back next year, too,” the coach said.

Aspen, which finished second behind Basalt in the Class 3A Western Slope League standings this season, concluded its season at 7-9 overall.

Basalt, meanwhile, the No. 6 seed in the 16-team tourney, beat No. 11 Fountain Valley 2-1 last week to earn a spot in the quarterfinals. Basalt, 12-2-1, will travel on Tuesday to play No. 3 Salida, 15-0, at 3 or 3:30 p.m. Salida beat No. 14 Denver Lutheran 1-0 to advance.

Basalt coach Erik Streff said Tuesday’s kickoff time would be confirmed today.

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