The 2008 Moffat County High School boys soccer team is, front row, from left: Brandon Duncan, Dustin Carlson, Spencer Wayman, Cole Dubois, Victor Villa, Jorge Gonzalez, Johnny Landa and Manuel Tarango; back row, from left: Nick Glispy, Craig Toovey, Fernando Duarte, Daniel McClellan, Ian Forgay, Tracy Mendoza, Miguel Molina and Jonathan Pando. Not pictured: Jonathan Lee, Caleb Lee, Inez Quezada, Adrian Hernandez and Felipe Nunez.

Photo by Hans Hallgren

The 2008 Moffat County High School boys soccer team is, front row, from left: Brandon Duncan, Dustin Carlson, Spencer Wayman, Cole Dubois, Victor Villa, Jorge Gonzalez, Johnny Landa and Manuel Tarango; back row, from left: Nick Glispy, Craig Toovey, Fernando Duarte, Daniel McClellan, Ian Forgay, Tracy Mendoza, Miguel Molina and Jonathan Pando. Not pictured: Jonathan Lee, Caleb Lee, Inez Quezada, Adrian Hernandez and Felipe Nunez.

Soccer team takes one step at a time

At a glance

Players to watch

• Spencer Wayman (senior) - Coach Rusty Cox said Wayman has displayed great leadership qualities this preseason - a trait that should be valuable to the team throughout the season. Wayman was an all-conference honorable mention selection last season as a junior.

• Ian Forgay (senior) - Forgay is a four-year player, whose experience and familiarity with the league should pay dividends.

• Philipe Nunez (senior) - Cox said Nunez has great hustle on the field and is a motivated player.

Teams to watch

• Battle Mountain - The Huskies are the defending Western Slope League champions.

• Eagle Valley - The Devils return WSL player of the year Cesar Castillo.

• Montrose - The Indians play a 5A schedule but participate in the 4A state playoffs. If not for Montrose, the Bulldogs could have squeaked into last year's postseason as the league's final qualifier.

Dates to circle

• Sept. 6 - Moffat County hosts Battle Mountain. The Bulldogs lost both games to the eventual league champs by two goals - one in extra time. Members of the team said this game would have a revenge factor to it.

• Sept. 9 - Moffat County hosts Steamboat Springs. The Bulldogs' rival comes to town in a game the team said would set the momentum for the season.

• Oct. 7 - Moffat County hosts Glenwood Springs. The Demons swept the two-game set with the Bulldogs last year, the final victory coming after MCHS lost a two-goal lead.

Team information

League: Western Slope League Class 4A

Coach: Rusty Cox

Assistant Coach: Shannon Buchanan

Cox with the Bulldogs: First year

Returnees: nine

Players lost: six

Team unity.

Hustle.

Aggressiveness.

Those are the three keys to the season for Moffat County High School boys soccer coach Rusty Cox.

Cox inherits a program that went 6-20-2 the past two seasons, but to him, win/loss records mean nothing.

"Right now, I'm just trying to get the first game under way," Cox said. "I'm more of a game-by-game kind of person. It's one game at a time. We'll make adjustments after each game.

"Win lose or draw, I want to get the kids to improve."

Cox has been working his team through live scrimmages this off-season, rotating players in and out of different positions.

"I want them to be aggressive," he said. "A lot of it is being the first to the ball and not sitting back and just watching."

As coach of the U-14 boys team, Cox hasn't suffered a loss since the 2006 season.

But, to him, the credit goes to the players - he just gives them the opportunity.

"I didn't win any of those games," he said. "The boys are out there on the field, taking care of business. I just show them how."

Besides having a new coach at the helm, Cox aid the Bulldogs will undergo a few more changes this season.

"As far as change goes, we've been working on our passing a lot," Cox said. "I'm trying to get them to spread the field out and spread the ball around more."

Cox wouldn't predict a specific number of wins or losses, but he did say that if the team plays up to its talent level, everything else would fall into place.

"I just want to get the kids to work together as a team," Cox said. "I think if they just flat-out stick it out and hustle together as a team, and play as a team, they'll do excellent."

Comments

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