Girls soccer: Rams can’t catch Skiers
The Aspen Times
ASPEN — The Aspen High School girls soccer team didn’t waste any time finding the win column after returning from last week’s spring break.
The Skiers scored two goals and put up a defensive wall Thursday afternoon to beat Roaring Fork 2-nil at chilly Aspen School District Stadium.
Combined with a 5-3 win at Vail Christian earlier this week, the Skiers moved to 4-1-0 on the season with two victories this week.
Aspen’s Melody Lemke broke a scoreless tie late in the first half when she knocked in a goal after an extended scramble in front of the Roaring Fork net. Pressure from Logan McNamee, Arley Gordon, Chelsea Moore and Lindzhi Douglass led to the conversion from Lemke in stoppage time and Aspen’s 1-0 halftime lead.
McNamee scored Aspen’s second goal with 15 minutes to play in the second half — a laser shot from the left side on a Skiers’ counterattack.
The goal came after the extended pressure of back-to-back Aspen corner kicks.
“Logan … that’s her 10th goal this year,” Aspen coach John Gillies said. “Logan’s on fire right now.”
He said the Aspen defense played a solid game against a tough Roaring Fork team, led by Emily Fisher, Kristen Joiner, Cindy Salinas and Maite Nieblas.
“The [Aspen] defense was great again … really good,” Gillies said. “Even the central midfield players were on the ball today. They got behind the ball when we lost possession. They did really well.”
The Skiers had trouble converting early scoring opportunities, he said.
“But we had great movement,” Gillies said after mixing a lineup that included Claire O’Sullivan, Jane Becnel, Katherine Milette, Erin Spence, Lacey Newhard, Julia Ely, Maria King and Laura Knaus, among others.
Jessica Coxon had the shutout in goal for Aspen.
The Skiers managed 14 shots to 12 for Roaring Fork, 3-3-1 on the season.
Roaring Fork threatened early when Fisher blasted two first-half rockets that were turned away by the goalie Coxon.
Valerie Loertscher offered another close call for the Rams in the first half.
Fisher had another chance to tie the game early in the second half when she collected a through ball and broke behind the Aspen defense. But the shot drifted wide left with 30 minutes on the clock.
The Rams’ best scoring opportunity came 10 minutes later when Coxon had to make a tough save on a shot from Nieblas.
Lily Nichols played in goal for the Rams.
“Roaring Fork has been on a great run,” Gillies said. “That program has come along so well. They’re always good competition.”
He said the Skiers need to carry their momentum into Saturday’s league game at Grand Valley in Parachute.
“We’ve got a big game coming up at Grand Valley. I hope we can carry through to then,” Gillies said.
The Roaring Fork girls will play at Vail Mountain School next Tuesday.
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