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Girls program starts for High Country youth soccer

Eric Fagan/Special to the Daily
Blue Bullets forward Emma Charneskie, 8, threads her way through a web of Purple Firecrackers Saturday behind Summit Cove elementary school in a High Country Soccer Association match.
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SUMMIT COVE – What started out in the chill and drizzle ended up in a dose of sunshine Saturday, as the three teams that constitute the High Country Soccer Association’s newest league took to the field at Summit Cove Elementary – all in the name of gender equity.

The Girls Intermediate Soccer League kicked off its inaugural weekend with all the enthusiasm and wit you would expect from a gathering of around 30 third- to fifth-grade girls.

The three teams are based out of the six elementary schools, and parents and players alike were excited to see this opportunity finally arrive.

A handful of the players have participated in girls leagues in Denver and other large cities with sizeable soccer programs, but for the families based here in Summit, this opportunity is fresh and brings many rewards.

Terry Atteberry, father of Julianna, a member of the Frisco/Silverthorne-based Purple Firecrackers was one of those rejoicing.

“(Julianna) wanted a girls-only team for the teamwork,” Atteberry said. “She played on a mixed team last year and wanted something different this year. It was her decision.”

“I was asked to play and thought it would be fun,” said Kelly Joyce of the Breckenridge Blue Fire.

“My mom thought the mixed team would be all fifth-grade boys and that I wouldn’t get the ball,” added teammate Sophie Ferguson. “But I played mostly with girls last year.”

For the girls and families who will come out each week to Summit Cove Elementary this fall, the new girls league should prove to be just that and so much more.

The Summit Lake Dillon Optimists Youth Soccer League has featured a coed soccer program for second- to fifth-graders for a number of years.

Eric Fagan is an administrative assistant with the High Country Soccer Association and a freelance writer.


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