Longhorn soccer players honored
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
After coasting through the Class 3A Western Slope League and all the way to the semifinals of the state playoffs, the Basalt Longhorns girls soccer team was justly rewarded when the WSL announced its all-league selections.
Five Longhorns were picked for the first team all-league. Katie Staerkel, Kathryn Fitzpatrick, Amy Brumet, Emily Birk and Melissa Stewart received the honor. Four more Longhorns, Alyssa Leslie, Dayne Toney, Alia Munger and Bailey Holmes, were named to the second team .
Fitzpatrick was also named the WSL Player of the Year and Basalt head coach Chris Woods was selected as the WSL Coach of the Year.
Basalt went 16-2 in 2007, going undefeated in league, then winning two postseason games before falling 3-0 to St. Mary’s in the semifinals.
The Roaring Fork Rams added three to the WSL list, with senior forward Taylor Wagner and sophomore goalie Alli Zeigel earning spots on the first team and Nicole Smeins making the second-team roster.
The Rams ended the season with two wins and are looking forward to 2007 as the team will graduate only one senior, Wagner.
“We’ll miss her a lot,” said Roaring Fork head coach Brad Zeigel of Wagner.
With such a young team, many of Roaring Fork’s game’s were decided by one point or ended in a tie. Even though the Rams’ record didn’t reflect the team’s abilities on the field, Zeigel was happy to see a few players make the all-league team.
“It was an interesting season, but it was assuring to have other coaches see our talent and have those girls selected,” Zeigel said.
Freshman defender Sam Wilson and sophomore midfielder Kelly Ann Romero represented Coal Ridge by being selected to the second team, while fellow Titans Allyssa Little, a junior defender, and Chelsie Ryan, a freshman forward, received honorable mention.
Coal Ridge head coach Brian Blair said he was happy with the selections, but due to a miscommunication was unable to make the conference to discuss the team.
“The girls who made it were happy and next year we’ll make it impossible for them to keep us off the team,” he said.
Coal Ridge finished its second season as a team with a 7-7-2 record, just on the cusp of making the playoffs.
“We were in every game at the end of the season. I think we had the lead in three of our last five games (a stretch were the Titans won one game, lost two and tied two),” Blair said. “Next year we’ll be back and have more experience and hopefully be able to win some of those games.”
Six players from Aspen were selected to the first and second teams, while Rangely placed one player on the second team and two others received honorable mention.
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