Soccer: Summit tops Aspen High
For one half against visiting Summit County on Tuesday, the Aspen High School boys soccer team looked about as good as it has all season. If only it had been good enough to make up for the lackluster play before then.
“It is disappointing that it took three goals before we kind of really got going,” Aspen coach Dave Francis said. “But once we did, I thought we played well. Second half, I don’t think this team looked better than we were.”
The end result was a 4-0 loss for the Skiers at Iselin Field. Summit (2-0) took control with an early goal and added two more late in the first half, including one via penalty kick only minutes before the break.
“Our boys, I think, were a little intimidated for 20, 25 minutes,” Francis said. “Then, once we went three goals down and we settled in, I think they sort of realized they can actually play with them. Second half I was really happy with the way that we played. We were unlucky not to grab a couple of goals in the second half.”
Aspen picked up its play after the break, just missing on a handful of scoring opportunities. Summit tacked on one more goal midway through the half, however, and the Tigers’ goalie made a pair of impressive saves — including one on an Aspen penalty kick — to preserve the shutout.
Aspen, now 0-3-1, has been shutout in three of its four games. The Skiers face another difficult test Thursday at 4 p.m. when it travels north to play at Basalt (1-1).
“We are a young team, but these guys are progressing. Games come fast, though, so you don’t have a lot of time to find your game,” Francis said. “But if they continue to play the way they did in the second half, then they will get more wins than losses, and they will get their results.”
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