Preps: Aspen girls soccer wins; Aspen boys lax falls
The Aspen High School girls soccer team won its second game of the season Thursday with a 6-2 victory at Basalt.
The Skiers scored four first-half goals with the wind to their backs at the Basalt High School soccer field.
Each team scored twice in the second half as the Skiers improved to 2-1-0 on the season. Basalt is 0-1-0.
“The girls played well. It’s always a local rivalry … a passionate game,” Aspen head coach John Gillies said. “The girls played their hearts out today.”
He said the Skiers took advantage of the wind in the opening half.
Facing the wind in the second half, Gillies said the Skiers kept the ball on the ground and out of the wind.
Reiss Rosier, a freshman, scored for Aspen. Laura Knaus also scored her first goal of the season.
Logan McNamee added a goal as well.
“We looked like a good team out there,” Gillies said. “They are understanding what to do and working well together.”
The Aspen girls soccer team is scheduled to host Grand Valley at 11 a.m. Saturday.
The Aspen High School boys lacrosse team lost a 6-2 decision to Battle Mountain on a chilly Wednesday evening in Edwards.
“It feels really good, to say the least,” Battle Mountain senior attacker Kevin Nichols said. “They’ve been building for years. Last year, they were the state champions. They are a really good program, and it feels good to come back from a loss against Dawson and beat them.”
Aspen beat Battle Mountain twice last season — 5-3 in the regular season and 14-6 in the Mountain Conference championship game.
A year earlier, Aspen defeated the Huskies 8-7 in overtime in the state quarterfinals.
“It’s a rivalry we’ve had for a long time,” Huskies coach Jerry Nichols said. “Anytime, you beat your rival it feels great.”
After a scoreless first quarter, Jeremy Sforzo had the first of his two goals, giving the Huskies 1-0 halftime lead.
Aspen’s RJ Peshek tied it in the third, but the Huskies’ Cole Delain, Kevin Nichols and Sforzo gave their team the lead for good.
Charlie Morrow and Ky Carradonna scored in the fourth for Battle Mountain.
That snapped a 14-game winning steak dating back to last season for the Skiers.
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