Memories on tap |

Memories on tap

Jon Mitchell
Post Independent Sports Editor
Jon Mitchell / Post Independent
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GLENWOOD SPRINGS — Sam Wilson knows there’ll be some memories which come with today’s soccer match at Gates Soccer Park on the Colorado Mountain College Spring Valley campus.

And she’s banking on good memories, for sure.

“We get to play against a pro team,” said Wilson, a Coal Ridge High School graduate who now plays at McDaniel College, a Division III school in Westminster, Md. “It’s going to be a really tough game, but it’s going to be an amazing experience to play against a pro team no matter what.”

Wilson, of course, will be playing for Colorado Mountain United, which suits up some of the best female soccer players from the Roaring Fork Valley and the surrounding area. That team will play the Colorado Rapids Women, a professional women’s soccer team directly affiliated with the Colorado Rapids of Major League Soccer. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. today.

Prior to the match, which will be played on the main field at the soccer complex, the Rapids will hold a free-of-charge soccer clinic for all ages beginning at 5 p.m. before breaking to prepare for the 7 p.m. match. Tonight’s match is also something the Rapids have been looking forward to, as some of them made the trip up to Glenwood Springs early to get a good look at what the town has to offer.

The Rapids Women will obviously have a lot to offer. They have a roster which not only includes Division I talent, but also talent that has come from overseas via England, Japan, Germany, Australia and Sweden. But the match has a lot to offer Colorado as well, as it helps fill a nine-day gap in between regular-season matches.

Colorado Mountain United’s roster includes players like Wilson, who will enter her junior year at McDaniel this year, and Jackie Knott, a Glenwood Springs High School graduate who will play for Division II Colorado School of Mines in the fall. Other colleges represented include Coe College of Iowa (Kelsey Fauser), Carroll College of Montana (Dani Turley) and Colorado State (Sarah Davis).

So does that apparent disparity change the way the Rapids will approach today’s match?

“Absolutely not!” said Alex Balog, one of the Rapids’ assistant coaches. “It would be very disrespectful for us to do that. We’re going to come out and play 100 percent just like any other game, start warming up and hour and a half before kickoff, just like every game, and play and coach at 100 percent with the intention of winning, just like any other game.”

That’s obviously what CMU is expecting, and Wilson said the team chemistry the squad has quickly built will help quite a bit. Plus, everyone who is on the squad played for a winning program, whether it be from Rifle, Glenwood Springs, Coal Ridge, Roaring Fork, Aspen or even Battle Mountain.

“We have a bunch of talented girls who know the game really well,” Wilson said. “That’s definitely going to make a difference.”

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