Skiers beat Rams, 6-2, seal 3A playoff berth
CARBONDALE – So the first few moments of a soccer game aren’t important. Try telling that to either Roaring Fork or Aspen after Tuesday’s conference match.An early goal by Skiers forward Stephen Buzbee in the second minute, combined with a thwarted attempt by Roaring Fork’s Reyes Torres, set the tone in Aspen’s 6-2 win Tuesday over the Rams.”The first half was not the best I’ve seen,” said Roaring Fork coach Chris Woods. “You have to give Aspen credit today, we just didn’t turn on. Before we knew it, we had some unlucky goals against us and we were chasing a uphill battle.””We had scored one goal, so we wanted more,” said Aspen coach Grant Sutherland. “We wanted to have intensity the entire time.”Buzbee maintained the Skiers’ intensity and presence throughout the contest, securing a hat trick with two second-half goals.By the time he netted the last of his three scores, it didn’t matter much. The Skiers had opened a 3-0 halftime lead and were never challenged, despite the Rams scoring back-to-back goals from Torres and Richardo Porias midway into the second half.Eric Sciarrone distanced Aspen from its host with an assisted goal in the ninth minute followed by a second score off Andy Conarroe’s cross-field pass to the left near post eight minutes later.Buzbee and Baker Boyd added unassisted goals for a 5-0 lead by the 55th minute.Torres, who spent most of the first half on the bench recovering from a collision with Aspen goalie Fred Bernard, got a measure of revenge by pushing a soft shot past the sprawled keeper in the 60th minute.Porias scored Roaring Fork’s second goal on a penalty kick three minutes later.”We started getting the aggression back,” Woods said of the Rams improved play in the second half. “We started to put a couple of passes together and keep the ball to our feet and dictate the game a little bit.”Roaring Fork, which sits at 2-5-1 in the Class 3A Western Slope League (3-8-1 overall), hopes to end strong with games against Paonia and Colorado Rocky mountain School left on its schedule.”We hope to take the positive out of those 20 minutes in the second half into those games,” Woods said.Aspen (7-2,10-3) has secured a spot in the upcoming Class 3A playoffs with three games left and a three-game lead over third-place Vail Mountain School.
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The Aspen High School ski team wrapped up its short and sweet regular season Friday with home races at Highlands. The Skiers hosted both a slalom and giant slalom on Thunderbowl, with an AHS athlete taking three of the wins.