Soccer: Kropf’s hat trick propels Aspen girls
Aspen, CO Colorado
RIFLE, Colo. – Keile Kropf has been on Aspen girls soccer coach John Gillies’ radar for some time.
“I’ve been watching Keile Kropf since she was this big,” said Gillies, holding his hand out maybe 3 or 4 feet from the ground. “She was always going to be spectacular.”
Spectacular certainly summed up Kropf’s Thursday. The freshman found net three times – her 13th, 14th and 15th goals of the season – in a 6-0 win at Rifle.
“We’ve had a lot of good freshmen come through, but once they get out there with players four years older, they don’t really shine,” Gillies said. “[Kropf is] definitely a step above the rest.”
Kropf got an early start on her hat trick, ripping a long-range shot in the 16th minute that skimmed off the keeper’s hands en route to the net.
Kropf extended the Skiers’ lead to two in the 31st minute, weaving through traffic as she made her way up the left side before burying a liner.
Just three minutes later, teammate Annie Graber placed a sharp roller just inside the far post to make it 3-0, which stood as the halftime score.
Lauren Anderson was credited with assists on each of the Skiers’ three first-half strikes.
“We were just working as a team,” Kropf said. “Everyone was just working together and we were going for it.”
Graber, Kropf and Anderson added second-half goals as Aspen won its fifth straight and improved to 6-2 overall. Annabelle Wilcox picked up a pair of assists and Kropf chipped in with a helper.
“They can really shoot,” Rifle coach Richard Carter said. “Man, they can knock that ball. I think every single girl on that team can shoot it well.”
Carter was pleased with his team’s effort.
“Ultimately, I’m proud of the way the girls played,” he said. “We played good, hard soccer. We were able to do a lot of the little things that we’ve been working on. They’re building confidence.”
The Bears, who were coming off a 3-2 win at Roaring Fork on Tuesday, dropped to 3-4-1. Mariana Guillen, Julia Navarro and Jocelyn Bracamontes scored goals against the Rams.
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