Skiers rout CRMS again, 7-0
ASPEN ” Same two teams, same uniforms, same score ” different field.
It was impossible not to feel a sense of deja vu Tuesday after the Aspen girls soccer team dismantled visiting CRMS at home, 7-0.
The Skiers routed the Pearls last week in Carbondale by the same margin, but the similarities didn’t end there. In the first game, Aspen led by two at the break, before netting five goals in the first 30 minutes of the second half. The same was true again Tuesday in Aspen’s first home game of the season.
CRMS falls to 3-3-1 on the year. Aspen, remains in second place in the Class 3A Western Slope League with a 6-1-0 mark.
Junior striker Taylor Buzbee connected on an assist from senior Carly Magill in the first five minutes, and senior Emily Hassall banged home the Skiers’ second in the 16th minute.
Emily Hassall’s goal, off an assist from younger sister Julia, came only minutes after referees called off her first shot into the net. A Buzbee header rebounded off the cross bar before falling back to the turf, and Emily Hassall was the first to touch the ball.
In the second half, Emily Hassall scored twice more to earn a hat trick, while Buzbee added her second. Magill and Julia Hassall each had a goal, too.
Aspen head coach John Gillies noted the similarities between the two games, but felt that his team played a more complete game at home Tuesday.
“I wanted to see if we could pass the ball gracefully today, and I think we did that at times,” he said. “I wanted to know, ‘Can we pass under pressure and maintain possession, instead of just aimlessly kicking it forward?’ We’ve got to work on the panic button that we have when we get into a pressure situation.”
Emily Hassall concurred with Gillies’ assessment, and gave credit to midfielders Magill, Buzbee, Kelly Mitchell and her younger sister, Julia, for creating easy scoring chances. Magill finished with a team-high three assists, and Julia Hassall had two.
“It’s the same score today, but we worked harder,” Emily Hassall said after the game. “The passing game was incredible.”
And, it could have been more. While the Skiers netted five shots in the final 40 minutes, there were also a dozen blasts that sailed wide or into the hands of the CRMS keeper.
While Aspen’s passing game was responsible for point-blank shots, the most spectacular goal of the day was the unassisted one Buzbee chipped into the back of the net to give Aspen a 4-0 lead in the 45th minute.
After tracking down a loose ball on the left side of the goal, Buzbee blasted an arcing shot from about 35 yards off that sailed over the hands of the CRMS keeper before sneaking into the top right corner of the net.
As for the best assist, that honor went to Magill, who danced between a pair of defenders in the box, before spotting Julia Hassall standing next to the far post.
Magill lofted a perfect cross toward Hassall who headed the ball into the goal for the Skiers’ final score of the afternoon.
CRMS begins a two-game home stand Thursday with back-to-back WSL matches against Vail Mountain School and Rangely Friday in Carbondale.
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