Soccer: Aspen boys top CRMS, 1-0
Glenwood Springs correspondent
Aspen, CO Colorado
CARBONDALE ” Aspen’s Kyle Lusk scored in the 42nd minute and the Skiers dominated possession, cruising to a 1-0 win over Colorado Rocky Mountain School in a soccer matchup Wednesday.
The speed and ball control of Aspen’s midfielders and forwards were too much for the Oysters to handle. With the ball in their opponent’s end of the field for more than half the game, the Skiers managed to overwhelm CRMS, 16-1, in shots on goal.
After a scoreless first half, Aspen came out strong in the second determined to crack the scoreless tie. A couple of quick passes put the ball deep in Oysters territory giving the Skiers an excellent chance to strike.
Senior forward Jesus Meza found himself open along the far side with four teammates surrounding Oysters keeper Ross Mohsenin. Recognizing the opportunity, Meza sent a cross into the box through the CRMS defense which Lusk pounded home past Mohsenin for the score.
“We controlled the possession,” explained Aspen head coach Junior Sutherland. “It would have been nice to get a few extra goals with all of our chances, but they definitely deserved to win.”
Aspen poured on the pressure in the second half, desperate to add to its lead yet all it would have to show for it were a couple of wasted free kick opportunities and a goal wiped away by a controversial offside call.
About midway through the half, the Skiers’ senior Murphy Fyrwald tapped in a deflection just around the right post for what looked like the Skiers’ second goal. The side referee blew his whistle for an offsides call.
“After I scored I looked around at the ref who blew the whistle and asked ‘How was that offsides?’ as I was running back and he apologized, saying [blowing his whistle] was an accident and the goal should’ve counted,” Fyrwald said. “So I asked, ‘Then why can’t it count?'”
Instead, the referee said he couldn’t change the call.
The Skiers failed to capitalize on two other breakaway scoring opportunities as well thanks to the play of Mohsenin. Lusk took a feed from his defenseman on the far side and broke past the midline, outrunning the CRMS defense all the way to the box where he met a charging Mohsenin. He fired a shot right into the goalie’s stomach and Mohsenin held on to clear it.
About five minutes later, another great chance was spoiled when Mohsenin made two great saves to keep the Skiers from doing any further damage on the scoreboard.
It was an outstanding play in a game that saw few from the CRMS squad all afternoon as they continually got turned away by the Aspen defense the few times they managed to sneak into their opponent’s end of the field.
“Their keeper played really well,” Sutherland said. “He has really good hands and his play kept them in the game and gave them a chance to win.”
Oysters head coach Dan Pittz wasn’t happy about the loss afterward. His team was missing a few players after coming away with a win the day before against Coal Ridge, and he thought they played without enough desire to beat a team like Aspen.
“We didn’t quite have enough enthusiasm today,” Pittz said. “We get a week off here and hopefully we can get some rest and bring back that enthusiasm level.”
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