Preps: Aspen girls soccer, boys lacrosse fall on Friday; AHS tennis qualifies two for state

The Vail Mountain School scored late in the second half to beat the Aspen High School girls’ soccer team on Friday night and won 1-0 on the AHS turf to earn the Class 3A Western Slope League title.

In an even game, scoreless at half-time, Gore Rangers scored their only goal with just under 16 minutes remaining. Ranked 5th in 3A this week, VMS improved to 12-2 overall and a perfect 6-0 in WSL play. The Gore Rangers end their regular season Saturday in winless Moffat County.

Aspen in 8th place fell to 10-3-1 overall and 4-2 in WSL play. AHS will wrap up the regular season Saturday in Roaring Fork (6-7-1 overall) before the postseason kicks off next week. The Skiers will likely host a first round playoff game.

Basalt High Girls Soccer (5-8-1) wraps up its regular season at home to Grand Junction (2-12) on Saturday.

Boys Lacrosse

The Aspen High School boys’ lacrosse team came up short in their penultimate home game, losing 8-7 to Steamboat Springs on Friday night’s AHS turf.

Trailing 5-4 at halftime, the Sailors dominated most of the third quarter, scoring three unanswered goals to take a 7-5 lead before Aspen’s Judd Gurtman struck late to close the AHS deficit in the fourth quarter reduced to a single goal.

The teams then traded goals, the first from Steamboat and then a reply four minutes later from Aspen’s Brady Haisfield, but neither side scored in the final seven minutes of the game.

Steamboat, who also defeated Aspen on March 12 to win 11-10 in overtime that day, improved to 6-9 overall in the Sailors’ final game of the regular season.

Aspen fell to 7-6 overall and will wrap up the regular season with a home game against Summit (2-12) on Saturday. The teams have already played once this season, the skiers won 17:6 on April 8th.

Aspen Girls Lacrosse (10-4 overall) will end its regular season Saturday in Steamboat Springs (3-11), a team that easily beat it at home on Thursday.

girls tennis

The Aspen High School girls’ tennis team finished second behind Vail Mountain School in their regional Class 3A, which ended Friday in Grand Junction.

The Skiers promoted two players to next week’s state tournament, singles No. 1 Avery Leonard and singles No. 2 Gemma Hill. Both girls placed second in their respective classes.

Aspen High School’s Avery Leonard, second from left, finished second in the No. 1 singles group of their Class 3A girls’ tennis region at Grand Junction on Friday. Leonard and teammate Gemma Hill both qualified for the state tournament, which begins on Thursday.
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All four of Aspen’s doubles teams finished third at the Regionals. Only the top two finishers advance to the state, which is being held at Memorial Park in Colorado Springs.


Aspen Baseball (1-14 overall) next plays a Saturday doubleheader at Delta, while Basalt (10-6 overall) brings their eight-game winning streak into a Saturday doubleheader at home to Coal Ridge.

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