2010 boys prep soccer preview capsules | PostIndependent.com

2010 boys prep soccer preview capsules

Jeff Caspersen
Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Post Independent fileMike McGraw and Glenwood Springs boys soccer team have their sights set on a league title this fall.

With high school fall sports kicking into gear throughout the Roaring Fork Valley, the Post Independent will be taking the next few days to preview what’s ahead.

Here’s a school-by-school look at what to expect on the boys soccer front:

Head coach: John Mount, fourth year.

How the Demons fared in 2009: Glenwood finished up with an 8-4-4 overall record and made the state playoffs for a sixth consecutive season. The Demons’ season came to an end with a 2-1 loss to heavily favored Rock Canyon in the first round of the playoffs.

Key players: Senior Casey Montoya, junior Kellin Casey, junior Kevin Hartmann, junior Mike McGraw, junior Nate Kaulp, junior Eddie Sanchez, junior Cane Albrecht.

Promising newcomer: Senior Ontoniel Moreno.

If all goes well, what’s the best the team can accomplish? “One of our goals is to place in the top three in our WSL, and to be in good contention for the state playoffs,” Mount said.

Team goals: “The team has set out to win the WSL, and acquire a top-12 state seed,” Mount relayed.

Head coach: Brian Blair, fifth year.

How the Titans fared in 2009: Coal Ridge went 10-6 overall, claiming second place in the 3A Western Slope League standings. The Titans made the playoffs for the first time in school history, landing Blair the league’s coach of the year honors.

Key players: Senior Eliel Ruiz, senior Dale Bauer, senior Dylan Cook, senior Alfonso Hernandez, senior Carlos Rodriguez, junior Tyler Guettler.

Promising newcomers: Sophomore Jorge Hernandez, sophomore Ray Chairez, sophomore Jose Rodriguez, sophomore Alexis Dominguez.

If all goes well, what’s the best the team can accomplish? “If everything goes well, I believe we can win the league and make a good playoff run,” Blair said.

Head coach: Dan Pittz, eighth year.

How the Oysters fared in 2009: Colorado Rocky Mountain School enjoyed a memorable season, wrapping up a playoff run with a 7-4-2 overall record. The Oysters, seeded 30th in the 3A state playoffs, gave No. 3 Denver Christian all it could handle in a 1-0 first-round defeat.

Key players: Senior Charlie Boyne.

Promising newcomers: “We have a few coming in,” Pittz said. “We always have some new surprises.”

If all goes well, what’s the best the team can accomplish? “Well, we’d love to build off what we did last year and have another playoff berth,” Pittz said. “Maybe even go further. We’d love to advance in the playoffs.”

Team goals: “I think our goals are always to have fun as a team and just play our best as a unit,” Pittz relayed.

Head coach: Juan Rivera, first year (this is Grand Valley’s first year as a varsity program).

How the Cardinals fared in 2009: Grand Valley played only an abbreviated junior varsity schedule last season.

Key players: Senior Alfredo Salcedo, senior Pablo Espino, sophomore Luis Vicencio, junior Sergio Franco, freshman Francisco Vicencio, junior Miguel Mancinas.

If all goes well, what’s the best the team can accomplish? “At least, I would like to win those games at home,” Rivera said. “Those are my expectations, what I want.”

Head coach: Ryan Mahler, third year.

How the Bears fared in 2009: Playing at the 4A level, Rifle struggled to an 0-14-1 record. The Bears are dropping down to Class 3A this season.

Key players: Senior Jose Salazar, senior Fernando Carreon, senior Hector Ruiz.

Promising newcomers: Freshman Geo Munoz, freshman Junior Calzillo.

If all goes well, what’s the best the team can accomplish? “If everything goes well and we’re injury-free, I don’t see why we can’t go to the playoffs,” Mahler said. “It’s a tough question because we haven’t played any of the teams [in our league] besides Coal Ridge. If we play like we can and don’t have injuries, we can be successful.”

Team goals: “Their team goals – they have three of them – are they want to go to state. I think that’s their main one. They want to win more games than they lose, obviously. And I think their second-biggest goal is they want to win districts. I told them when the summer started that the commitment doesn’t stop when the season stops. A lot of them, especially the seniors, have been out here picking up these younger kids and getting to know them. It’ll be exciting. I have big expectations for them. I know this season will be a lot better than last season.”

Head coach: John Ackerman, fourth year.

How the Rams fared in 2009: Roaring Fork had a breakout season, going 8-4-3 overall and making the 3A state playoffs for the second straight year. The Rams made a little noise in the playoffs, knocking off No. 7 Kent Denver in the first round. Roaring Fork held the 32-team bracket’s 26th seed.

Key players: Senior Saulito Vega, senior Naiby Vargas, senior Roberto Ramirez, senior Sam Carpenter, senior Dalton Handy, senior Paulino Abarca, senior Abraham Garcia, senior Willy Salinas, senior Alex Alvarado.

Promising newcomers: Senior Domingo Levya, senior Tony Landa, freshman Jack Fischer.

If all goes well, what’s the best the team can accomplish? “Well, we set high goals,” Ackerman said. “We want to go to state out of our region. That’s certainly one of our goals. Of course, we’re trying to do really well in the region to get a good seed. They got a taste of it last year, winning a state match. That was a real eye-opener. They want to go back and do that again.”

Team goals: “The guys are working really hard. I think one of their goals – at least coming from the captains, Sam and Dalton – is that they do want to work harder. That’s one of their stated goals, to work harder. They’ve done really well with that.”

– Compiled by Jeff Caspersen

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