Stop the snow – there’s prep soccer to play
The spring season has started slow for girls soccer teams in the valley, since the snow keeps falling, fields have stayed closed and games have been postponed.The Roaring Fork girls soccer team is hoping for sunny skies as it is scheduled to play Vail Mountain today at 4 p.m. If the match is played, it will be the first in a 14-game season that will go through the beginning of May for the Rams.”We are ready to go. Our season is packed with games,” coach Brad Ziegel said. “We are going to let the games be the teacher this season.”The Rams have been practicing as much as possible to prepare, said Ziegel, who is coaching alongside Hal Templeton. After going 5-6-1 last year, the Rams are now left with a roster of 20 girls that includes 14 underclassmen.”We are very young. We have a lot of freshmen,” Ziegel said. “They are a fun bunch of girls and I am very curious to see how they are going to match up against the (Class 3A Western Slope) League. They are a fun group, they try hard, they have lots of energy.”Demons ready for snow to stopAfter tying Grand Junction Central 0-0 in an overtime game on March 9 and having Tuesday’s game against Delta postponed due to weather, the Glenwood Springs girls soccer team is ready to jump into the 4A WSL portion of its 16-game 2006 schedule.
Third-year coach Linda Flohr (who changed her last name from Lowman when she got married) is eager to get outside and start playing.”It has been hard with the weather,” Flohr said. “It is so much different (practicing inside) than playing 11-on-11 with goals and a bigger field. We have been working on touch and movement since we’re inside.”With 37 girls on junior varsity and varsity roster, Glenwood is looking to improve upon its 2005 record of 7-7-2.”We have quite a few new faces,” Flohr said. “We lost five seniors, three of which started, but we certainly have a lot of returning starters.”Two of those returning starters are defensive senior stars Tobie Rippy and Ali Brown.Soccer: see page 16″(Rippy) leads the defense. She is very aggressive and very fast and has great ball skills,” Flohr said. “She and Ali Brown make a great team back there.”If weather permits, the Demons will play in their first league game Saturday at 12:45 p.m. at Moffat County.
Rifle gunning to start seasonAfter having its first two games of the season against Palisade and Grand Junction snowed out, the Rifle girls soccer team is also eagerly anticipating the start of its season.The Bears lost four seniors, including 2005 WSL First Team member Betty Jo Gonzales, from a 2005 squad that posted a 8-6-2 record last season and finished third in the Class 4A WSLMultiple starters return this season, like junior Shanaira Foreman and sophomore Chelsea Webb. Tom Taucher also returns as the Bears’ head coach.Rifle is now scheduled to open the season with a league game Saturday at Delta at 1 p.m. – if the snow holds off.Coal Ridge kicks off inaugural soccer seasonThe Titans will field another first-year, freshmen-sophomore squad this spring as the girls soccer team gets ready for its first-ever season.Coal Ridge has been practicing for three weeks and 21 girls have come out to play for the varsity squad who will be competing in the Class 3A Western Slope League.Sean McElroy, a former Glenwood Springs High School boys coach and New Castle club coach, will be at the helm of this first-year squad.
“I’ve been pretty pleased so far. The girls are working hard,” McElroy said. “There is such a wide range of girls. Even though we only have sophomores and freshman, there is a wide range of talent.”Just like everyone else, the Titans have been forced to spend most of their time practicing indoors in preparation for the springs season.”We’ve only had one day outside so far,” McElroy said. “The nice thing about indoor is that it works on their touch and makes them play a faster, cleaner game. The conditioning aspect is what we miss out on, it is going to be different when we get out on a full-sized field.”Weather allowing, Coal Ridge plays its first game Tuesday at Olathe. The Titans will play 13 games, three of which will be against higher-classed junior varsity teams and McElroy is anxious to see how the team does. “The girls have been working really hard and the chemistry is good and they have been playing well together,” McElroy said. “It’s hard to tell how we are going to do until we get out there, but I think we will be respectable.”CRMS to play first game on March 28Colorado Rocky Mountain School can afford to be a little more patient during the spring snowstorms, as it isn’t set to play its first game until March 28 when it travels to Olathe.CRMS finished the 2005 season with a 4-6 record, which put it in fifth place in the 3A WSL. Amanda Leahy will be returning to coach CRMS as it battles a 13-game schedule, all of which are against league opponents.
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