Aspen’s feet too hot for Roaring Fork in 6-2 game
Assistant Sports Editor
CARBONDALE ” Some say the first few moments of a soccer game aren’t important. Try telling that to either Roaring Fork or Aspen after Tuesday’s league match.
An early goal by the Skiers’ Stephen Buzbee in the second minute, combined with a thwarted attempt by Roaring Fork’s Reyes Torres, set the tone in Aspen’s 6-2 win over the Rams.
“The first half was not the best I’ve seen,” said Roaring Fork coach Chris Woods. “You have to give Aspen credit today, we just didn’t turn on. Before we knew it, we had some unlucky goals against us and we were chasing an uphill battle.”
On the opposite side, the Skiers were on fire.
‘We had scored one goal, so we wanted more,” said Aspen coach Grant Sutherland. “We wanted to have intensity the entire time.”
Buzbee maintained the Skier intensity along with a presence throughout the contest, securing a hat trick with two second-half goals.
By the time he netted the last of his three scores, it didn’t matter much. The Skiers had opened a 3-0 lead at halftime and were never challenged, despite the Rams scoring back-to-back goals from Torres and Richardo Porais midway into the second half.
Eric Sciarrone distanced Aspen from their host with an assisted goal in the ninth minute, followed by a second score off Andy Conarroe’s cross-field pass to the left near post eight minutes later.
Buzbee and Baker Boyd added unassisted goals for a 5-0 lead by the 55th minute.
Torres, who spent most of the first half on the bench recovering from a collision with Aspen goalie Fred Bernard, got a measure of revenge by pushing a soft shot past the sprawled keeper in the 60th minute.
Porias scored Roaring Fork’s second goal on a penalty kick three minutes later.
“We started getting the aggression back,” Woods said of the Rams improved play in the second half. “We started to put a couple of passes together and keep the ball to our feet and dictating the game a little bit.”
Roaring Fork, who sit at 2-5-1 in the Class 3A Western Slope League (3-8-1 overall) hope to end strong with games against Paonia and CRMS left on their schedule.
“We hope to take the positive out of those 20 minutes in the second half into those games,” Woods said.
Aspen (7-2-0/10-3-0) have secured a spot in the upcoming Class 3A playoffs with three games left and three-game lead over third place Vail Mountain School.
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