Demons soccer shaping up
With interest building to new heights and a playoff appearance in 2006 in the books, optimism is high for Glenwood Springs boys soccer and new coach John Mount.”It’s good,” he said. “We’ve got a big interest. We had close to 40 guys show up for tryouts. We’ve got a solid (junior varsity) and varsity squad already set.”Best of all, said Mount, Glenwood’s soccer program is littered with underclassmen. “We’ve got a huge group of freshmen and sophomores who’ll set a foundation for upcoming years,” he noted. “We’re carrying only about 11 juniors and seniors, total.”It was a senior-heavy team that helped the 2006 Demons to a 9-6-1 overall record and playoff appearance. Nine Demons may have graduated, but plenty of leftover talent should help Glenwood soccer remain competitive in the Class 4A Western Slope League.The senior trio of Gabe King, Dillon Martin and Ben Fout return and will share the team’s captain duties, while junior striker Ryan Young is back to provide offensive firepower up front.
“He’s our super-stud striker,” said Mount, an assistant with Glenwood last season, of Young. “He’s a lot of fun to watch.”Junior Fabian Tapia and sophomore Adam Sadowski will anchor the midfield for the 2007 Demons, possibly with help from San Diego transfer Eric Zacharias, a junior. Joining Sadowski as a youngster getting plenty of pitch time will likely be sophomore striker Travis Whitman.”We’ve got a lot of talented players,” King said. “They’ve definitely put in a lot of effort during practices.”Mount, an English as a Second Language teacher at Glenwood Springs High School, likes the mix of cultures represented on his team.”It’s great to see the mix,” he said. “Especially with soccer, bringing the two cultures together, with friendships and playing together on the field. It’s spawning through soccer. We have a good mix, probably about 30 percent Latino. There’s a lot of talent those guys have with their street soccer ability. The Anglo kids can learn a lot from them, I think.”
Mount, who played club soccer at Colorado State University, is relatively new to the whole coaching thing. He coached an adult women’s team in Fort Collins, was an assistant last year and is now jumping into his first head coaching position. Mount also spent two years river guiding in Peru, giving him a solid cultural background that should come in handy coaching soccer.Beside fielding a playoff-caliber team, Mount’s biggest goal is developing a strong relationship with club soccer programs in the valley.”I’d like to see coaches on a more consistent developmental level, see kids going to camps,” he said. “I’d like to see it more sequenced through age groups as they develop, from the youth up. There’s so much interest in soccer in the valley, it’d be nice to take it to a higher level.”
With longtime boys and girls soccer coach Tom Taucher leaving his posts at Rifle, Mark Knighton is set to embark on his first season as head coach of the Bear boys team.The former assistant under Taucher will have a building project on his hands, as Rifle took its licks in the 4A WSL last season and lost its best two players – Graham Riddile and Ryan Melody – to graduation.
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The Rifle and Glenwood Springs girls tangled on Tuesday night at Glenwood’s Chavez-Spencer Gymnasium in a 4A Western Slope League contest that carried major implications in the conference standings.