Coal Ridge racks up the postseason honors
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Tori Verdieck’s goalkeeping no doubt frustrated many an opposing coach in 2010. Making save after save, the stingy senior posted a 0.54 goals-against average, helping Coal Ridge’s girls soccer team to a 14-2-2 record.
Verdieck’s efforts landed the ultimate compliment from those opposing coaches, who voted the Titans keeper the 3A Western Slope League’s top player.
“I thought we had a couple players who had a chance for [the award], but Tori’s a great selection,” Coal Ridge coach Brian Blair lauded. “All year, she made big plays for us. In games that really mattered, she came up big. She kept us in games we wouldn’t have been in if we had anyone else in goal. That’s awesome for her.”
Verdieck was one of five Titans to make the all-league first team. Joining her on the list were senior defender Sam Wilson, senior midfielder Audrey Asplund, junior midfielder Ashlie Bowles and senior forward Kourtney Mitchell.
Senior Jill Refior and junior Carly Cloninger, both defenders, and senior forward Chelsie Ryan were honorable mentions.
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Blair was happy to see players from all phases of the field honored.
“I think it’s a good balance throughout our lineup,” he said. “We have a forward, two midfielders and a goalie [on the first team]. It kind of reflects how our team played. It was just a complete team.”
A complete team that won its second straight league title and advanced to Class 3A’s round of eight.
Those accolades earned Blair an honor alongside his players. The fourth-year Coal Ridge frontman shared coach of the year honors with Vail Mountain’s Bob Bandoni.
Bandoni led the Gore Rangers to an 8-7-1 record and a playoff appearance.
“I have a lot of respect for Bob,” said Blair, who won the award outright last spring. “I thought what he did with the Vail Mountain girls was pretty unbelievable. I have no problem sharing the award with him.”
Roaring Fork senior goalkeeper Alli Zeigel was the Rams’ lone first-teamer.
Earning all-league nods as honorable mentions were senior Adrianna Romero and freshman Taylor Adams.
Grand Valley’s junior goalkeeper, Stephanie Hilgenbrinck, made the all-league first team for Grand Valley.
Seniors Mirna Vargas and Karmen Steimel landed honorable mentions.
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