Preps: Aspen girls soccer rallies back and holds off Delta, remains without a loss

Aspen High School girls soccer player Lexi Cordts-Pearce (left) chases the ball against Delta on the lawn at AHS Saturday, April 23, 2022. The skiers won 3:1.
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Lagging was not a feeling the Aspen High School girls’ soccer team had experienced this season until Saturday when the away side took a 1-0 lead at Delta late in the first half. But three unanswered goals, including the equalizer just before half-time, propelled the skiers to a 3-1 win on the AHS turf that keeps them unbeaten this season.

Lexi Cordts-Pearce, Mica Bodkins and Sienna Hendrickson had the goals for Aspen.

“It was good to see that they weren’t overly concerned by that,” said AHS coach Chris Ellis of going behind in a game. “I thought the second half was a much better collective and the results have shown. To score three unanswered goals from behind says a lot about the team.”



Delta fell to 6-5 after the non-league loss to Aspen. Ellis paid tribute to the Panthers, who have played a difficult schedule so far this season, losing three of the losses to taller Class 4A opponents and another in overtime to current 3A No. 4 Vail Mountain. Aspen entered Saturday’s game at number 7 in 3A.

“We knew Delta was going to give us a very tough game. We were under no illusions,” Ellis said. “They’re better than their record suggests, but I think they’ve played against some very strong teams. We were not surprised that they were a very competitive team.”



The teams will meet again in a league game on May 3 when the Panthers host the Skiers.

Next up for Aspen (8-0-1 overall) is a non-league game at Steamboat Springs on Tuesday. The Sailors (8-1) finished 8th in Class 4A last week.

Basalt Girls Soccer (4-5-1 on aggregate) had the weekend off after playing three games over three days during the week. All three games were losses to Glenwood Springs, Aspen and Rifle. The Longhorns are expected to return to action Tuesday with a non-league home game against Grand Valley (4-3).

Aspen High School Girls Soccer’s Reese Leonard (right) defends against Delta on Saturday, April 23, 2022 on the lawn at AHS. The skiers won 3:1.
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lacrosse

The Aspen High School girls’ lacrosse team lost 14-6 in the Evergreen on Saturday.

AHS coach Amanda Trendell said the Skiers “played super well” but “had a hard time controlling the tie” against the Class 4A No. 6 team. Evergreen improved to 6-4 overall.

Aspen (6-3 overall), ranked 7th in 4A this week, lost for the third time in four games, each loss to a team that started in the top six of 4A (Castle View and Green Mountain) the previous week the other two teams). Add to that a win Thursday at Roaring Fork that kept Aspen’s long league winning streak intact and gave the Skiers a win of the season against the Rams.

AHS will next host Battle Mountain on Tuesday night in a league competition. Aspen beat the Huskies in their first game and won 16-6 at Edwards on April 8th.

The Aspen Boys lacrosse team did not play this weekend, their last game coming Tuesday in a 7-6 overtime win over Grand Junction. The AHS boys (5-3 overall) will host Monday night’s Battle Mountain (4-5), the first of three home games in five days for the skiers.

baseball

The Basalt High School baseball team got their season back on track Saturday with a doubleheader sweep at rival Roaring Fork. The Longhorns won 10-0 and 6-3.

Now 4-6 overall, BHS Meeker will receive on Tuesday.

Aspen Baseball fell to 0-11 overall after falling twice in North Fork on Saturday. The results were 14-1 and 7-3.

The skiers are off until they head to Grand Valley on Wednesday.

athletics

Both the Aspen and Basalt track teams competed Friday at a meet hosted by Coal Ridge in New Castle. Montrose won the boys’ title over Coal Ridge while the host Titans rolled against Cedaredge to the girls’ victory.

Notable results in the girls included Basalt junior Ava Lane, who won the 800m (2 minutes, 24.46s), and BHS junior Katelyn Maley, who finished a close second in the 1,600m ( 5:13.64) ahead of Cedaredge newcomer Jessica Black (5:13.33).

The BHS girls finished third in the 4 × 200-meter relay (1:51.12) and BHS student Jacey Read finished third in the 100-meter dash (13.14).

Basalt junior Vanessa Bryant was fourth in the long jump (15-07.5) and Aspen student Yasmine Khan-Farooqi was fourth in the triple jump (31-05.70).

Aspen senior Anders Weiss finished third in the boys’ 1,600 meter race (5:03.89). Basalt senior Gavin Webb was fourth in the high jump (6-00.5) and BHS senior Marlon Nelson was second in the discus throw (126-07).

golf and tennis

The Aspen girls golf team will return to the course Monday with a tournament at Vail Mountain. The skiers’ home tournament remains scheduled for May 9 at the Aspen Golf Club.

Aspen girls’ tennis has a busy week ahead, their last stretch before the Regionals take place the week after. This week’s action begins on Tuesday afternoon at home against Fruita Monument.

Basalt Girls’ Tennis will host Steamboat Springs on Tuesday.

acolbert@aspentimes.com

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