Low on numbers, Gallegos still wins at Aspen
The Gallegos women’s soccer team, missing a lot of familiar faces due to injury, played all but one of its games at the Aspen Tournament with 10-12 players but still came away with another title, its third of the season.
“The overall theme of the weekend was that we played well as a team,” Gallegos stalwart Steph Caretto said. “We were a cohesive team, which was great because we had different people who aren’t used to playing together. We really had to dig deep to keep up our endurance for four games.”
Four games in 36 hours requires that. Having defeated Steamboat Springs 6-2 in a not-so-friendly friendly the previous weekend, Gallegos met up again with the Blue Moose in the tourney opener.
It was another physical affair with Gallegos striker Christina Aiello going down with a severe charley horse just 20 minutes into the game. Playing with no substitutions, Gallegos still pulled off the 3-1 win behind two goals from Caretto.
Sunday against Littleton, in a rematch of the Colorado Mountain Cup title game in Glenwood Springs a few weeks ago, Gallegos started with only 10 players on the field before a late arrival made the local 11 an actual 11. Gallegos ended up with a 2-1 win and a berth against a combined Carbondale/Glenwood Springs side in the semifinals.
Against Carbondale/Glenwood, Gallegos got some help from Breckenridge import Katherine DeGruy. She scored for Gallegos and it stood in a 1-0 win.
In the finals, Gallegos faced Steamboat for the third time in nine days and the result was no different than the previous two meetings – Gallegos 3, Steamboat 0.
Gallegos, 11-1-1 on the season, has a well-deserved weekend off coming up. Meanwhile, Gallegos’ counterpart, the Pepi’s men’s soccer team, hosts Steamboat Springs Sunday at noon at the Vail Athletic Field.