Rippy moving up in soccer world |

Rippy moving up in soccer world

At 14, Allie Rippy is too young to remember The Jeffersons, but, like the TV shows theme song, the Glenwood Springs Middle School student is movin on up.After concluding the 2005 season Sunday as a member of the Glenwood Ices U-14 girls soccer team at Glenwood Springs Soccer Clubs Memorial Day Tournament, Rippy will turn her attention toward making the Region IV Olympic Development Team.The opportunity arose for Rippy after she was selected to an Colorado ODP team of 14 -year-old female soccer players in a series of team tryouts in Grand Junction and Denver.The Olympic Development program is a feeder for possible selection to national and Olympic-level teams. Each state selects the best soccer players, male and female, in relationship to the players year of berth.There were 140 girls at the first tryout, Rippy said. I was really nervous because I didnt know anybody. After the tryout I didnt think I made it.That was Rippys only mistake that day. She underestimated herself and made the cut.I was just happy to get to Denver, she said.In tryouts that followed in the Mile High city, Rippys skills impressed the coaching panel enough to move her on to a select group of 48 players will be molded into three teams for a tournament later this summer.Eighteen players from the three teams will be tabbed to tryout for the regional team tryouts in Idaho in July.The national team is selected from the regional pool of players.With the Ice, Rippy scored the her teams final goal of the season. But, it came too late to help Glenwood in their pursuit of the divisions tournament championship.A team from Silt, which the Ice earned a 3-0 victory against Saturday, rallied from a scoreless tie at halftime for a 3-1 win in Sundays championship game.The Ice advanced to the title game on wins over Silt, North Park Saturday plus a 4-0 shutout victory over the Thunder Mountain Lightning in Sundays semifinals.

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