Bright future awaits New Castle Pride soccer team
The future looks bright.
For a team that averaged almost a full year younger than nearly all of their U16 opponents, the New Castle Pride boys soccer team sure exceeded most people’s expectations.
“This team is made up of mostly high school freshmen,” Pride coach Bryan Vashus commented. “And, I was told by some, I would never be able to get enough players to commit to playing in the State League.”
This is the first team from New Castle to ever play at the Colorado state level. Most competitive teams compete in the Western Slope State League. Competing in the Colorado State League means a lot of traveling to the Front Range.
“It was tough,” Vashus said. “There were times I didn’t know if we had enough rides, but my parents came through. I couldn’t have done it without their commitment as well.”
But Vashus had some goals in mind.
“We have had a lot of success here on the Western Slope, but, as can be seen even this past year, Western Slope high schools have success over here but struggle when they face schools from the Front Range.”
Added Vashus: “My goal was to provide the players on my team with a higher level of competition with the hope that it would carry over into their high school programs.”
New Castle’s team is made up of 10 players from Coal Ridge High School, four from Basalt High School and four from Glenwood Springs High School.
Overall, New Castle’s record finished up at 13-9-1. It took second place in the State League with a record of 7-2.
Pride placed third in the Grand Mesa Invitational tournament, which was a high school-aged bracket, including U18 and U17 teams.
Most recently, New Castle finished second at the Rocky Mountain Cup and College Showcase tournament in Boulder. New Castle played six games in three days and beat teams from New Mexico, Texas, Boulder and Westminster.
“And to think that most of this team will be back again as a U16 team next season.” Vashus pondered. “We will be even stronger than we were this year.”
Yes, the future looks bright for the New Castle U16 boys.
New Castle is made up of Joseph Capraro, Ramon Chairez, Cristian Delgadillo, Alexis Dominguez, Eddie Garcia, Javier Garcia, Javier Gonzales, Tyler Guettler, Brandon Henriquez, Jorge Hernandez, Jovany Mendez, Cesar Ortiz, Jose Rodriguez, Willy Salamenca, Eddie Sanchez, Alejandro Talavera, Eric Valenzuela, Nick Villareal and guest player Carlos Palomares (played in the Rocky Mountain Cup).
The coaches are Bryan Vashus and John Langstaff.
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