Preps vs. pros: Area players slated to host exhibition girls soccer match against Colorado Rapids
Post Independent Sports Editor
A “friendly” is what it’s called.
Then again, it might be a little more than that.
A group of girls soccer players from the Roaring Fork Valley and beyond are teaming up to play against the Rapids.
Yes, those Rapids. The Colorado Rapids professional women’s soccer team.
The area players, who are slated to come from schools such as Coal Ridge, Glenwood Springs, Roaring Fork and possibly Eagle Valley, are scheduled to play an exhibition match against the Rapids women at 7 p.m. July 6 at Gates Soccer Park on the Colorado Mountain College Spring Valley campus.
“We’re hoping it’s going to be a competitive game,” said Steve White, the Glenwood Springs High School girls soccer coach whose team will be named the “Colorado Mountain United.”
“We figure that if it can be a positive experience for us and especially them, that they’ll be willing to come back later on,” White continued.
Technically, the official name of the local team will be the Colorado Mountain United Women’s Select Team. The name goes back to when Colorado Mountain College had an intercollegiate program, but the team crest incorporates such things as Mt. Sopris and the Crystal, Roaring Fork and Colorado rivers.
White figures there will be plenty of area girls soccer players who will unite to play the “friendly” match. Among them so far are Roaring Fork High School’s Emily Fisher, an all-Class 3A Western Slope League selection, and Coal Ridge’s Kelsey Fauser, who was the leading scorer on a Titans team that won the 3A WSL regular-season title.
Not that Colorado Mountain United won’t be going up against some diverse talent.
The Rapids women’s roster includes players from such colleges as Iowa, Colorado College, Denver University and Nebraska. Worldly diversity also graces the roster, as players hail from England, Sweden, Australia, Japan and Germany.
The Rapids women compete in the W-League Western Division of the United Soccer League’s National Women’s League. Their schedule began on May 25 and extends to the beginning of July. The team, however, has a long gap in between their final two regular-season games on July 2 and July 11, leaving the July 6 date open for the matchup.
Information: White, 970-379-7192, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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