Roundup: Late scoring barrage lifts Coal Ridge soccer
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado
Aspen battled hard with conference power Coal Ridge for 75 minutes Thursday under the lights in Peach Valley.
“Then the wheels fell off,” Skiers head coach Junior Sutherland said.
The high-powered Titans struck for three goals in a three-minute stretch, turning a 3-2 thriller into a lopsided 6-2 victory – their eighth straight to open the season.
“I really can’t explain it,” said Sutherland, whose squad dropped to 5-4-1 and 2-2 in 3A Region 3 play. “I feel so bad for them because they played so well. Coal Ridge scored the fourth one, and it was pretty much over. This definitely wasn’t a 6-2 game.”
The Skiers jumped out to an early lead when freshman standout Edwin Soto wrapped a free kick around a wall and into the net from more than 20 yards out. The Titans squared the match five minutes before the break after some miscommunication between Aspen sweeper Erik Wehse and goalkeeper Maret Schwab, and then they pulled ahead with a goal in the 41st minute.
“The guys were absolutely astounding in the first half,” Sutherland said. “Their effort was fantastic.”
Soto converted a penalty kick to momentarily square things at 2.
“He’s definitely going to be something special,” Sutherland said of the freshman, who has scored eight goals in the last three matches.
Edgar Enriquez scored four times for Coal Ridge, which went up 3-2 soon after. It put this one away with a scoring barrage in the final five minutes, snapping the Skiers’ two-game win streak in the process.
“We were trying to get back in the game and were pushing up a little more at the front,” Sutherland said. “Coal Ridge is a good team, but it’s unfortunate how things turned out.”
Aspen will look to rebound Tuesday in Carbondale against Roaring Fork.
The Longhorns apparently suffered no ill effects from Monday’s doubleheader sweep at the hands of Green Mountain in Lakewood.
Basalt erupted for 11 runs in the first inning Thursday in Parachute and cruised to a 17-1 victory over Grand Valley in a game shortened to four because of the mercy rule.
The Longhorns have outscored the Cardinals 53-9 in three meetings this season.
Morgan Young singled three times and struck out six in three innings of work. Brittany Driscoll walked the first batter she faced in the fourth but struck out three straight to seal the win.
Driscoll and Maddie Nieslanik pitched in with doubles, and Jordan DeCrow tripled for Basalt, which now is 9-6. It hosts a doubleheader with Gunnison on Saturday. First pitch is slated for 11 a.m.
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