CMC Eagles reload for ’05 season
The Colorado Mountain College men’s soccer team recently gained commitments from four former Western Slope League players to go along with recruits that span from the East Coast to Hawaii.Rifle High’s Jorge Alvarado and Glenwood Springs players Arturo Ponciano and Adrian Castillo, all midfielders, have signed or are expected to sign letters of intent with the National Junior College Athletic Association Division I Eagles for the upcoming fall. Paonia’s Eric Hughes, the captain of Delta County last season as a defender, is the fourth former WSL player.
Head coach and program director Steve White also has developed something of a pipeline from Hawaii to Colorado, with more commitments from the island state.”I’m really excited about the blend of kids,” White said. “We’re getting local talent who will have the opportunity to play with quality players from outside the area.”The Eagles have three new Hawaiian commitments to go along with Jake Fassett, who signed in February.Matt Heid, a 6-foot defender, is an all-state player and helped his King Kekaulike High School squad to the Maui Interscholastic League championship game. Heid joins fellow MIL players John Powley and Justin Tanju, both of Saint Anthony High School. The versatile Powley could see time at both forward and goalkeeper. Tanju earned all-MIL honorable mention as a senior.
“I think one of the things that happens with students in states like Hawaii and Alaska is they are so remote that a lot of college coaches don’t get the opportunity to see them or work with them,” said White, who pointed out the educational and recreational opportunities at CMC is also a big draw for student-athletes. “I really believe we can be a feeder program to some four-year schools. People realize junior college is a great stepping stone to a higher level of play.”White hasn’t neglected the continental United States in his recruiting efforts, either. Paul Decotti, a 6-4 striker, plans to transfer from NCAA Division II New Hampshire and is “quite a target to have,” according to White.Justin Pfluger, a standout player at Machebeuf High School in Aurora, impressed the coaching staff at an open tryout and is expected to sign this week.
Other players receiving letters of intent include Ben Jones, of Dallas; Tyler Wakefield, a transfer from Richland College (Texas); Mason Woessner, of Nunica, Mich.; Dan Kelly from East Lansing, Mich.; goalie Tim Lewis of Big Fork, Mont.; J.T. Murray from Aurora Central High School; and Josh Jacobs, who played at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs.The Eagles also have returning starters in former Glenwood Springs High School player Derek Weller, team captain Luis Chavez, Marcos Quezada and Mike Jefferson.”I’m excited about our returning players as well,” White said. “I feel like we are bringing in some strong recruits to accent our returning players.”The Eagles’ first game is Sept. 3 against Air Force Prep in Colorado Springs.
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