CRMS falls to Skiers in final home game, 4-1
CARBONDALE – Aspen’s Wiley Maple made his final high school soccer game one to remember.The senior scored two goals – his first two in four years – and nearly added a third late in the second half Tuesday against Colorado Rocky Mountain School. The Skiers rolled to win their final game 4-1.”That last one definitely went in, from my angle,” Maple joked of his bid for the hat trick. “It was fun out there.”Maple put the Skiers (8-6-1 overall, 7-4-1 3A Western Slope) in front in the 15th minute. Aspen, which was without starting goalkeeper Alex Owen (illness) and sweeper Cody Baker (injury), pushed the ball deep in the CRMS zone as junior Murphy Fyrwald dribbled down the right side. Fyrwald passed on an open shot on CRMS keeper Ross Mohsenin, opting instead to pass off to Maple charging down the middle for the finish.”I’ve given him plenty of balls like that, and he’s whiffed on them,” Maple said. “He owed me.”Maple positioned himself perfectly for a goal in the 52nd minute. Teammate Giovanni Negroni sidestepped a defender in the box and fired a powerful shot; Mohsenin deflected but was out of position when Maple tracked down the deflection and found an open net, stretching the lead to 4-0.The career day nearly included a hat trick. Seconds before the final whistle, he launched a shot past Mohsenin that looked destined to find the net; a CRMS defender alertly headed the ball out inches from the goal line. “We finished strong,” Aspen coach Dave Francis said. “We did the hard work in the middle today.”In between Maple’s scores, the Skiers extended their advantage with goals from Robbie Franklin and Greg Ross. Franklin took a pass on an odd-man rush deep in CRMS’s zone in the 38th minute, paused and fired to an open bottom left corner. “The kids take a while to get warmed up to physical play,” CRMS coach Dan Pittz said. “We usually come out strong, but Aspen plays such a physical game, it takes a little while to get used to.”CRMS, which last beat Aspen on Oct. 2, 2005, pushed across its lone goal with 13 minutes to play. Kirti Math controlled a throw-in and beat freshman keeper Tyler Nelson, who was making his varsity debut. CRMS (1-9-1 WSL, 1-9-1 overall) could pull no closer than three against the Skiers, who outscored the Oysters 8-1 in two games this year. CRMS will now play same-town rival Roaring Fork for its final game of the season at 4 p.m. on Thursday.
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