Alvarado’s game moves forward
Jorge Alvarado plans on talking more on the soccer pitch this year.”Communication on the field is really important. It really moves the team and keeps everything organized,” said the Colorado Mountain College sophomore, who earned an athletic scholarship for the upcoming season.After making a position change to forward, Alvarado’s also looking to score more goals this fall for the Eagles men’s team.”I liked playing defense last year,” he said. “But I also really like putting the ball in the net.”
Alvarado, an all-conference honorable mention choice last year, is familiar with the position. He played up front throughout his varsity career at Rifle High School, and with the newly signed scholarship players men’s head coach Steve White has brought on board, Alvarado hopes to be firing a lot of shots on goals at opposing goalkeepers in 2006.Two all-league high school picks – Fransisco Hernandez from nearby Basalt High and Gustavo Bronfield from Class 4A Western Slope League champion Battle Mountain have inked athletic letters-of-intent to play for CMC this coming season.”I’m excited about Fransisco,” White said. “He’s a taller player, and he has good ball control. I expect him to step up and be successful at the college level.”The same can be said of Bronfield.In his final prep season, Bronfield scored 12 goals with nine assists for Battle Mountain, who ran away from the rest of the WSL with a 12-0 perfect record.
“Gustavo is very technically skilled,” mentioned Eagles assistant coach John Englehart. “He possesses great field vision. It’s going to be fun to put him and Fransisco on the field together with Jorge.”That’s where Alvarado, one of the Eagles’ returning veterans, can help the ex-preps make a smoother transition from high school to junior college soccer. “Talking’s the best thing and the hardest thing about college soccer,” he said. “Because there’s guys from different states here, they all had a different style of play. We have to talk and get along with the other guys and get a routine on the field to be successful.”That’s something Alvarado saw firsthand last year.”We had trouble the first three games we played, then we started to talk, and everything started clicking.”
The CMC men, in their first year playing as a National Junior College Athletics Association-sanctioned program, finished 3-6-1, advancing to the Scenic West Conference postseason playoffs championship game.White wants to use last year’s record as a springboard to more success this season.”I see no reason that we can’t put a quality team on the field,” he said. “CMC is a great place to start a college athlete career – it’s a good step for those who come here.”The Eagles have also upgraded their 2006 schedule. Teams from Cloud County and Heston, Kan., are part of CMC’s home slate at Gates Soccer Park.That’s a challenge Alvarado’s up for. “There are some really good teams and players at this level,” he said. “Our league is tough, and you have to earn every win.”
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