Rams, Titans soccer dreaming big in 3A Slope | PostIndependent.com

Rams, Titans soccer dreaming big in 3A Slope

Jeff Caspersen
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Roaring Fork’s boys soccer program made significant strides under coach John Ackerman in 2008.

In 2009, the Rams will see if they can build on last year’s 6-6-3 record and playoff showing.

“Given what we saw in the fall and how our spring club season went, I think expectations are high,” Ackerman said. “We’re setting pretty good goals for ourselves.”

A return to the playoffs isn’t out of the question in a 3A Western Slope League that last season was pretty even after the top two teams – eventual state champion Hotchkiss and Basalt.

Bolstering the Rams’ cause is a big turnout. More than 30 players are out for soccer, the most so far under Ackerman’s watch.

“We’re finally to the point where we have enough players to field a [full] junior varsity and varsity team,” Ackerman said.

In the past, Roaring Fork has had several players suiting up for both varsity and JV games. That won’t be as necessary in 2009.

Leading the numbers-blessed Rams will be players like senior Wylie Adams and junior Dalton Handy. Both are captains.

Also back are goalkeeper Anthony Flores and Logan Doherty. Both are seniors.

“It’s going to be an interesting season,” Ackerman said. “I’m excited about it.”

Titans hope to parlay potential into wins

The storyline is all too familiar to Coal Ridge coach Brian Blair.

His Titans enter the season with high hopes and then, as the losses mount, his team winds up wondering what could have been.

The high hopes are there again in 2009, but Blair is aiming for a different ending.

“I think we can be a playoff team,” Blair said. “That means we have to play well game in and game out, not just in flashes.”

Seniors Nick Kneedler, Lee Wentzel, Adrian Torres and Ryan Zelenka will be called upon to lead the Titans to consistency.

“We have a solid group of varsity players,” Blair said. “I don’t think we’re an unbelievably talented team. We have to learn how to play as a team to be successful.”

Colorado Rocky Mountain School will return to the pitch in 2009 under the direction of fifth-year coach Dan Pittz.

The Oysters went 0-12-0 in 2008, having to forfeit a pair of wins and a tie after suiting up an ineligible fifth-year senior.


Support Local Journalism

Support Local Journalism

Readers around Glenwood Springs and Garfield County make the Post Independent’s work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.

Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.

Each donation will be used exclusively for the development and creation of increased news coverage.


Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.

User Legend: iconModerator iconTrusted User