Playoff push comes up short for AHS soccer |

Playoff push comes up short for AHS soccer

Aspen Times writer

With a 4-3 overtime loss to Eagle Valley on Saturday in Aspen, the Aspen High girls soccer team saw its hopes for a berth in the Class 3A state tournament dashed.

Aspen knocked off tourney-bound Roaring Fork 5-4 in overtime last Thursday to keep their playoff push alive, but the Skiers couldn’t muster the same overtime magic against Eagle Valley on Saturday at AHS.

“They showed passion and we even looked graceful out there at times,” said Aspen coach John Gillies. “They played their hearts out and they did themselves proud in the last two games, it was just a case of being too late in getting there.”

Aspen finished the season at 5-5 in Class 3A Western Slope League play and 5-8 overall. Basalt, which clinched a seventh straight league championship last week, claimed the No. 1 berth from the league to the state playoffs. Roaring Fork and Eagle Valley took the second and third slots, respectively.

“Thursday’s win over Roaring Fork was fantastic,” said Gillies, “leaving us only needing to beat Eagle to qualify for states …”

Aspen’s Nicole Rodriguez and Taylor Buzbee scored two goals each against Roaring Fork, while Elly Harder added one. Corie Thompson got the win in net.

Against Eagle Valley, Rodriguez, Alex Bethel and Carly Magill scored for Aspen.

“They did the best they could,” Gillies said. “It just wasn’t enough. But maybe if we’d been clicking earlier in the season, we wouldn’t have been in that predicament.”

Basalt hosts Roaring Fork today

The red-hot Basalt High girls host Roaring Fork today at 4 p.m. in the 3A WSL regular-season finale.

The Basalt girls clinched their seventh consecutive league title last Tuesday with a 9-0 win over Eagle Valley. The winner of 10 straight games, Basalt has not been scored upon in running over their last seven opponents by a combined tally of 39-zip.

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