Demons, Bears soccer teams take to the road
A new era starts today for the Glenwood Springs High School girls soccer team.
Linda Loman will take the field for her first game as the Demons’ coach, replacing Steve White who had been involved with Demon soccer for more than a decade.
Glenwood starts its 2004 campaign today on the road in a nonleague contest at Grand Junction High School at 4 p.m.
While the Demons lost six seniors off last year’s Class 4A Western Slope League third-place squad, Glenwood returns one of the top defenders in the state.
The Rocky Mountain News ranked senior Heidi Wild one of the “best of the best” defenders in Class 4A. Joining Wild on the defensive side of the field is a solid goalie in senior Keegan Nadon.
The Demons finished last season with an 8-3-1 record in the Western Slope and 10-5-1 overall.
Rifle finished ahead of Glenwood in league standings last season with an 8-2-2 record and advanced to the first round of the state tournament.
The Bears, who got an early start on the season with a 7-1 loss at Summit County on Saturday, travel to Montrose for another nonleague game today at 3 p.m.
Rifle lost several key seniors last season in all-league first teamers Ashley Gavito and Nikki Erpested and honorable mention Alicia Kuhns, but still boasts some returning talent.
All-league honorable mention players Brenda Cruz (senior) and Hailey Hubbell (junior) are both back this season, creating a solid nucleus around which coach Tom Taucher can build.
Both Rifle and Glenwood should be in the hunt for the league title this season. Steamboat Springs, which finished last year with a perfect 12-0 league record, is always in the mix and Palisade should be much improved after a 4-8 league mark in 2003.
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