Soccer: Skiers beat CRMS, 3-1
It’s been a rough road for the Aspen High School boys soccer team this season, but coach Dave Francis can’t help but admire its willingness to continue to show up.
“These boys, we’ve had a lot of sickness, injuries. I’ve never seen anything like it in a season,” Francis said. “They’ve always kept working had. Their heads have gone down in games, but they’ve come back to practice the next day. The whole group, they’ve shown great commitment.”
With players slowly on the mend — the team has had five players go down with a concussion this fall — the Skiers were able to get their third win of the season on Tuesday, a 3-1 victory against visiting Colorado Rocky Mountain School.
“We played well. The first half, we made a lot of chances and didn’t quite put them away,” Francis said. “Those games can come back to haunt you a little bit. It has certainly haunted us this season, from time to time. But I thought we were composed. Even when we conceded a penalty, afterward we stayed composed and got the result I think they deserved.”
Aspen led 1-0 at halftime and the only goal it allowed came via a penalty kick. Guillermo Flores had two goals for the Skiers and Alex Gordon had one.
Now 3-8-1 overall, Aspen has three games remaining in its regular season. The Skiers will travel to Coal Ridge on Saturday and to Caprock Academy on Tuesday before hosting Basalt on Oct. 20.
The Basalt High School boys soccer team (8-4 overall) lost 3-0 on Tuesday at Coal Ridge. The Longhorns will host Caprock Academy on Saturday.
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