Summit Strikers Midseason Report
The HCSA Summit Strikers have enjoyed some tremendous early season success thus far in 2006. Each of the High Country Soccer Association teams has made significant strides in quality of play and team understanding, and these improvements have been reflected in score lines and standings for each of the squads. Two of the teams are also playing up an age division, providing them with the best competition available and accelerating their development as players. On the boys’ side of the HCSA, the Summit Strikers are quickly becoming a dominant club in the Western Slope State League, comprised of teams from all areas of Colorado, some as far as Montrose.As of May 5, the U-14 Boys team, coached by Chad Rowe and Matt Korn, boasts a 3-1 record, good for second place in its division. Their wins have come courtesy of a high-powered offense that has scored 16 goals, best in the division. Each player on the team has contributed strong play, with particularly impressive efforts coming from John Curiel, Keegan Zorens, Taylor Colvin, Justin Hollenbeck and Nick Adolph.The U-12 Boys team, coached by Tyler MacGuire, has also enjoyed success thus far this season, sitting in second place in its division, just a game off the division lead. After a couple of dominant wins early in the season, the boys and coach MacGuire are looking to continue their past season’s success and roll to the division crown. With five games remaining, the team is focused on victories and solid team play. One of the team’s best qualities is its camaraderie and teamwork. Particularly strong performances this season have come from Mark Nowakiwsky, Nick Raymond, Drew Peterson, and a newcomer to the team, goalkeeper/defender Tyler Nelson. Julio Mora has led his U-11 Boys team to an impressive 3-1 record, reeling off three victories in their last three games after opening the season with a loss. The team currently sits in first place in their division, tied on points with a strong Montrose squad. They hold a game in hand over all of the teams in pursuit, and with a strong close to the season, will win their division. Each of their victories has come as a result of great team play and understanding, with Connor Hebert, Saul Tapia, Herbey Leyva and Danny Urrutia leading the way.On the girls’ side of the club, coach Cynthia Wolfe leads the U-13 girls, while coach Tonya Sutcliffe leads the U-11 girls. Each fall, the club also includes U-16 and U-18 girls, the majority of whom recently completed a successful high school season with head coach Stephanie Johnson.The U-13 girls have made significant strides this season with coach Wolfe, becoming much more competitive than in seasons past, due in part to the fact that the team had played up an age group in the past. The team never fails to keep fighting, and have displayed significant improvement this season in all facets of their game. The team is led by Haley Anderson, Rhianna Mercier, Kelly Joyce, Dustee Faxon and Sarah Johnson. Strong contributions have also come from Robyn Kresge, Hailey Curnutte, Stephanie Valencia, Emily Griffith, Land LeCoq, Peyton Rasmussen and Sadie Tidwell.Tonya Sutcliffe has led the U-11 girls to a solid record and standing with two games in hand over the rest of the division. While the majority of the team is much younger than some of the girls they play against, they have fought admirably, and will be a successful squad in the years to come. All the girls have contributed greatly to the team as a whole, and with each week these girls have grown together. Before the season is out, it would not be surprising to see the team make a push for the upper echelon of the division.Home games for all of the Summit Strikers teams take place on Saturdays at the Summit Education Center field in Silverthorne. Everyone is invited to come out and support your local youth soccer players, and see how soccer has grown in Summit County.
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