Streaking Aspen soccer shuts out CRMS
The Aspen Times
Once the Skiers started scoring goals, they didn’t stop.
The Aspen High School boy soccer team won its second consecutive match with a 5-0 decision over visiting Colorado Rocky Mountain School on Tuesday afternoon.
The Skiers, who broke a winless streak with a big 6-1 win at Montezuma-Cortez last weekend, scored three times in the first half and added two more in the second half against CRMS.
That’s 11 goals in two games — and back-to-back wins for the first time this season.
“We moved the ball a lot better,” said junior John Heaphey, who had a goal and an assist Tuesday. “We kept our shape, and we kept hustling — that was the key.”
Heaphey’s pass out wide right to fellow junior Joel Brice set up Brice for an extreme angle shot and Aspen’s first goal in the 22nd minute.
Barely five minutes later, Heaphey put the Skiers ahead 2-0 with a line shot that glanced off the keeper’s hands and into the CRMS net.
“My teammates kept moving to the (open) space,” said Heaphey, the son of Stefani and Chris Heaphey.
He said it was important for the Skiers confidence to start fast against CRMS.
Aspen scored twice on its first three shots.
Brice added a hat-trick goal in the 50th minute.
Griffin Stevens scored Aspen’s final goal on a perfectly placed chip shot up and over the CRMS keeper in the 57th minute of the 80-minute match.
“All credit to the boys. You go eight games without winning, it’s very easy to give up on your season,” Aspen head coach Dave Francis said. “But they haven’t.”
Francis said the Skiers have started to believe in each other and trust each other.
“The shape is fantastic,” he said of the Skiers’ collective positioning on the pitch.
“We’ve been developing. We believe in setting up defensively and working up from there,” Francis said. “The last couple of games, we have started to push our guys up the field. And it’s reaping rewards.”
Aspen had 13 shots Tuesday to nine for CRMS.
“CRMS is a strong, fast team,” Francis said. “When we played them down there (Carbondale), they really tested us.”
CRMS won that match, 3-2.
But Tuesday’s early goals for the Skiers helped settle the team down, he said.
Aspen improved to 3-8-0 overall, 2-3-0 in league play.
Colorado Rocky Mountain School fell to 4-2-0 in league and overall.
“There’s a lot of soccer still to be played,” Francis said.
The Skiers will play at Basalt on Thursday before hosting Grand Valley in the home finale on Oct. 15.
The Aspen boys soccer team will close the regular season at Vail Mountain School on Oct. 27 in what likely will be a key game for final postseason assignments.
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