Skiers, ‘Horns roll over league foes
Both were missing key starters, but that didn’t hinder either of the upper valley’s two varsity girls soccer teams from picking up blowout wins while on the road Saturday.Aspen, behind three goals from sophomore Shelby Burke, blasted Olathe, 10-0, and Basalt got a hat trick from senior Katie Staerkel to dump Rangely, 8-0.Seven different players scored in the Skiers’ mercy rule win, including freshman goalie Lindsey Anderson who also added an assist after she was taken out of the net to play in the field.Arielle Ship knocked in Aspen’s 10th goal to end the match 15 minutes early.The Skiers (2-1) were missing five starters, with Ruthie Prikryl, Maggie Melberg and Lizzy Eastley away at the U19 state hockey championships in Arvada, and Julia Hassall and Olivia Davis both sidelined by injury.Hassall bruised her right foot during Thursday’s 3-2 overtime win over rival Roaring Fork and isn’t expected to return for at least two weeks.”What was good about it is that some of the younger girls really stepped up,” said Skiers coach John Gillies. “It was great to see Shelby scoring three times. She was really hungry.”Freshman Logan Cross had two goals in her varsity debut and fellow newcomer Haley Rinaldi added a goal and an assist. Another freshman, Sally Boelens, also had an assist.Sophomore Katy Evans and senior Taylor Buzbee scored the Skiers other two goals.”Sally Boelens, she played the game of her life,” Gillies said. “I’ve never seen anyone as a freshman have that much influence on the game.”Aspen’s coach said he won’t hesitate to play his talented youngsters even when his missing starters return.”This result certainly shakes up some of the main key players,” he said. “With a result like this, how can I not play some of them? I’ve got to play most of these players I played today for Vail [Mountain School]. Maybe that will evoke some sort of desire from some of the older girls. Everyone is still fighting for a position right now.”The Skiers host Vail Mountain School at 6 p.m. Tuesday.Against Rangely, Staerkel knocked in three goals in about 60 minutes of work before taking a spot on the bench to watch some of Basalt’s younger players log varsity minutes.Sophomore Melissa Stewart had two goals and an assist while freshman Nicole Booth scored two goals off her first two varsity touches. Junior Emily Peetz had the other goal and senior Alissa Leslie and juniors Kat Fitzpatrick and Alia Munger each had an assist.Junior Tia Thacker, filling in for absent starter Dayne Toney, pitched a shutout in goal.Toney and seniors Liz Nemiec and Bailey Holmes were all away at a club volleyball tryout, which forced coach Chris Woods to shuffle his lineup.”We’ve had a really mixed week with a bunch of girls away,” he said. “We’re just trying to piece everything together, and it’s starting to work really well. Some of the play today was actually quite awesome to watch.”The Longhorns travel to rival Roaring Fork on Tuesday for a 4 p.m. game.Nate Peterson’s e-mail address is email@example.com.
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