Soccer team earns record number of league honors

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It's only fitting that after a record season, the Moffat County girls soccer team would have a record number of Western Slope All-League honors.

For the first time in school history, the Bulldogs fielded three honorees on this year's team. Senior Jessica Uecker and juniors Ashleigh Mann and Heather Brown earned honorable-mention status from the league coaches.

"I wish we could have had at least one on the first team," coach Jim Loughran said. "But to have three get mentioned is an improvement for our team."

Uecker and Mann were given league honors for the third time.

Brown, the team's goalie, earned her first WSL mention.

The three helped lead the Bulldogs to a school history best record of 5-9-1.

Uecker was a four-year starter and one of the main reasons for the Bulldogs' improvement the past four years. She played midfield and stopper with the main responsibility of controlling the middle of the field.

"Jess made some big plays and was always consistent," Loughran said. "She will be missed."

For the second consecutive year, Mann led the team in scoring. She finished the season with eight goals. She was the focus of the opposing team's defense in league games.

"Ashleigh's just tough," Loughran said. "She took a beating sometimes and kept fighting for the ball."

Brown has been a three-year starter at goalkeeper. After most games, Loughran would comment on how she saved the game or kept the team in the game. She finished the season with 95 saves to 26 goals scored. Her saves placed her in the top 20 in the state in Class 4A according to the Rocky Mountain News.

"It was rare for Heather to not be the best goalie on the field," Loughran said. "She keeps getting better and is a real leader for us on the field."

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