Soccer star nabs award |

Soccer star nabs award

Heidi Wild has gotten a lot of well-deserved attention in her four-year career as a member of the Glenwood Springs High School girls soccer team. But, she sees herself as a team player, rather than an individual star.

“I do sense it,” Wild said of being the No. 1 player opposing teams zoom in on, when Glenwood appears on their schedules. “It gets frustrating, but it doesn’t affect me.”

“Instead it helps the team because it gives them more options on the field,” she explained.

That, combined with the leadership Wild gives the Demon kickers has earned the senior defender “Athlete of the week” honors from the GSHS coaches and staff.

The weekly award from the high school comes on the heels of Wild’s being selected to the 2004 Girls High School Christian Student Athlete All-American first team (see sports briefs).

“Its a real honor, considering how many people were nominated,” Wild said about being selected to the All-American team. And while “it feels really great,” Wild continued, what’s more important to her is how Glenwood performs as a unit.

“We have so much potential. We’re strong everywhere and we can be really, really good” noted Wild.

What’s frustrated Wild and her teammates the most is that the Demons’ projected 11 starters have not been on the field together this season.

“The first couple of weeks have been hard because we’ve had a lot of players missing,” she said. In Glenwood’s last game prior to spring break against Battle Mountain, Wild said that eight starters were absent for various reasons.

That situation should be resolved when the Demons take the field at 6 p.m. tonight for their home opener with Steamboat Springs at Stubler Memorial Field.

“It will be a show of strength and it should be a really good game,” Wild said.

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