Area soccer players net all-league honors

Staff Report

Five area players were named to the girls soccer Class 4A All-Western Slope League first team, while four others were named honorable mention.

Rifle, the only Western Slope League team to advance out of the regional playoffs, had two seniors named to the first team in Ashley Gavito and Nikki Erpested.

Glenwood Springs netted three first-team selections. Seniors Cassie Carlson and Ashley Jentzsch were named to the squad, along with junior Heidi Wild.

Four Rifle players earned honorable mention accolades. Haley Hubbell was one of four sophomores to receive postseason accolades, and she was joined on the honorable mention list by senior Alicia Kuhns and junior Brenda Cruz.

Senior Chelsea Strautman was the sole Glenwood Springs player to receive honorable mention accolades.

League champion Steamboat garnered the most honors, with three first-team and three honorable mention selections. The Sailors also boasted the league’s Most Valuable Player in Nikki Garth.

The Coach of the Year award went to Delta County’s Julie Mottern. Delta County fielded a 4A soccer team for the first time this season.

For the complete All-Western Slope League list see Scoreboard.

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