3 area players make WSC first team
Aside from their jersey numbers Taylor Wilde and Pat Shepard were hard for opposing soccer teams to distinguish this season.Both Glenwood Springs Demons play in the midfield, and both possess enough speed and ballhandling skills to make them equally dangerous on offense and defense.The rest of the Western Slope League noticed that quickly. And the league’s coaches responded by voting the two Demons to the postseason all-WSL team.Wilde and Shepard, along with Rifle senior Bryan Cloninger, where the only area players selected to the 11-player first team.Wilde “didn’t score a lot of goals,” said coach Dave Shepard, Pat’s father, “but he was involved in every score.”The Demons senior displayed his versatility in a key late-season game against Rifle. “We used Taylor as a stopper in that game because we had so many injuries,” coach Shepard said, “and he played a great game.”At his normal position in the middle of the field, Wilde triggered plenty of scoring breaks that Pat Shepard finished.”Pat is really hard to contain,” said coach Shepard. “He has incredible skills and knows where everybody is on the field.”The lightning-quick junior ended the year as the Demons’ leading scorer with 11 goals. Rifle’s Cloninger paced the Bears to a playoff appearance following a 7-3-2 league mark in a nine-win season.Six additional players, three each from Glenwood and Rifle, earned honorable mention. Demons Dylan Weller and Zak Stepp, both juniors, and sophomore Giovanny Anaya were honored along with Rifle seniors Adam Krick, Sean Melody and Derek Roberts.Andy Banner of WSL champion Battle Mountain and his coach, David Cope, were selected as player and coach of the year, respectively.Andy Banner of WSL champion Battle Mountain and his coach, David Cope, were selected as player and coach of the year, respectively.
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