CORTEZ – If there was anything to say about the Telluride High School girls’ soccer team’s 4-0 loss at 5A Montezuma-Cortez on Tuesday, first-year coach Aja Forestier summed it up rather comically.
“At least our team had better tans,” she jokingly said.
You see, the school went on a two-week spring break, and with that, nearly the entire team left town for sunnier climates, resulting in the “better tans.” Before the shutout loss to the Panthers at Norman Johnson Memorial Field on Tuesday – which was the first time the Miners had been shutout in 10 games – Telluride hadn’t played competitively since an April 4, 9-0 blowout over 3A Southwest League-foe Ignacio.
“We knew it was going to be a tough game [Tuesday],” Forestier said. “Most girls came back Sunday or Monday, and most hadn’t touched a ball since the start of break. They did well for where we are.”
The host Panthers (3-6-1) scored three first-half goals, making Telluride “play more defensive than offensive,” Forestier said. “They played a lot better in the second half. Most of our girls needed subbed every 10 minutes because of the altitude. All of them went to sea level for spring break like Florida, Hawaii and Mexico.”
The loss was Telluride’s third in five games, moving them to 6-4 overall, but each of the losses have been to larger schools – 4A Montrose (5-1) and 5As Grand Junction (5-2) and Durango (2-1).
Cortez’s junior varsity also defeated Telluride, 3-1.
The Miners will put their 6-0 league record on the line on Friday when they play host to Bayfield at Down Valley Park on Friday (4 p.m.). Telluride beat the Wolverines 3-0 back on March 15 behind goals by Ali Tassone, Nikki Gallen and Katherine Hess.
“Bayfield is a spitfire team,” Forestier said. “They’re like Ignacio – full throttle the whole game; we can’t underestimate them.”
Telluride will then conclude league action on Saturday against visiting Ridgway/Ouray. The host Demons fell to Telluride 2-0 on March 18. Scoring goals for the Miners were Tassone and Gallen.
“Ridgway is by far the strongest team we’ve played in the league,” Forestier added.
After facing Ridgway/Ouray, Telluride concludes the regular season playing host to Montrose (j.v.) on Tuesday, April 29.