Growing pains |

Growing pains

Jeff Caspersen
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Chad Spangler Post Independent

SPRING VALLEY, Colorado ” An extra day or two of practice might have done the Colorado Mountain College men’s soccer team some good.

Looking listless and overmatched, the Eagles found themselves on the wrong end of a 7-1 decision against Laramie County Community College in Friday’s season opener.

Limited time on the pitch ” the Eagles have been practicing for about a week ” no doubt contributed to CMC’s poor showing.

“It’s not the players’ fault. We didn’t give them time to prepare,” said Eagles assistant Michael Lindenthal, one of four assistants filling in for head coach Steve White, who’s recovering from a heart attack.

CMC hung tight in the contest’s early going before Laramie County’s Adrian Beckham opened the flood gates with a putback 15 minutes in. Tyler Arbuckle set his teammate up nicely, rifling a bullet off the hands of Eagles keeper Lowell Ropf that ricocheted right to Beckham, who poked home an easy shot.

Laramie added two more goals before halftime, both courtesy of Arbuckle, and the rout was on.

CMC’s lone goal came on a penalty kick 17 minutes into the second half by James Mitchell. That made it 3-1 and injected life into a large home crowd at Spring Valley.

CMC assistant Craig Plizga didn’t notice a squad too down itself in the post-game huddle. The Eagles know they have work to do.

“They definitely know,” he said. “It’s tough. They lost a lot of players from last year. … I think they handled it well.”

But it was short-lived, with Laramie rattling off four unanswered goals to put the game away ” Beckham’s second of the night among them.

The Eagles won’t waste any time attempting to put Friday’s disappointment behind them. They’re off to Grand Junction today to scrimmage Mesa State.

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