The 2009 Moffat County High School soccer team has increased its preseason workload in hopes of improving on last year's four-win season. The team is, front row from left, Johnny Landa, Alan Flores, Eric Tarango, Jorge Gonzales, Favian Quezada, Alex Berez and Bryant Cox. Back, from left: Cole DuBois, Adrian Hernandez, Jonathan Pando, Lupe Rodriguez, Manuel Tarango, Dustin Carlson, Nick Glispy, Craig Toovey and Fernando Duarte (not pictured: Tracy Mendoza).

Photo by Hans Hallgren

The 2009 Moffat County High School soccer team has increased its preseason workload in hopes of improving on last year's four-win season. The team is, front row from left, Johnny Landa, Alan Flores, Eric Tarango, Jorge Gonzales, Favian Quezada, Alex Berez and Bryant Cox. Back, from left: Cole DuBois, Adrian Hernandez, Jonathan Pando, Lupe Rodriguez, Manuel Tarango, Dustin Carlson, Nick Glispy, Craig Toovey and Fernando Duarte (not pictured: Tracy Mendoza).

Soccer team looks to rebound from 4-win season

Moffat County High School soccer schedule

Time, Date: Place - Opponent

1 p.m., Sept. 5: away - Montezuma Cortez High School

4 p.m., Sept. 8: away - Rifle High School

11 a.m., Sept. 12: home - Battle Mountain High School

4 p.m., Sept. 15: home - Steamboat Springs High School

11 a.m., Sept. 19: away - Eagle Valley High School

4 p.m., Sept. 24: away - Palisade High School

4 p.m., Sept. 29: home - Eagle Valley High School

4 p.m., Oct. 1: home - Rifle High School

11 a.m., Oct. 3: home - Glenwood Springs High School

4 p.m., Oct. 8: home - Grand Junction High School

11 a.m., Oct. 10: away - Battle Mountain High School

4 p.m., Oct. 13: away - Glenwood Springs High School

11 a.m., Oct. 17: home - Palisade High School

4 p.m., Oct. 22: away - Steamboat Springs High School

At a glance

Coach: Rusty Cox, second year

Assistant coach: Shannon Buchanon, second year

League: Western Slope - Class 4A

Total players: 17

— As Rusty Cox enters his second year as head coach of the Moffat County High School boys varsity soccer team, he knows there's not one player to watch on his team.

Spectators should watch the Bulldogs as a whole, he said.

Cox said his team will be successful, as long as they band together.

"We're looking good," Cox said after the team's second practice. "We're learning to work as a team."

With Craig Toovey, Nick Glispy and Cole DuBois, the team will have some experience with three seniors.

The team, which won four games last season, lost several starters, including defenseman Spencer Wayman, forward Oscar Ramos and goalie Ian Forgay.

But, this year's version should manage to win some games, Cox said.

To get the team ready, Cox will push them.

"We've started doing two-a-days, which is something we haven't done in the past," he said. "We're definitely pushing them physically because last year some people said our team was out of shape.

"Our goal this year is to never hear that again."

Cox said his team will work now, so they can play the full 80 minutes later.

And, if one player can't stomach the load, the rest of the team will.

"We'll play as a team," he said. "And, to get there we'll train as a team."

That training includes running, and a lot more of it.

"If one guy falls behind, his teammates will be there to pick him up," Cox said.

Cox also has been working with the team to perfect the passing game, which is the key to the team's scoring ability.

After a strong showing at the 25th annual Steamboat Mountain Soccer Tournament in Steamboat Springs, in which the U16 team from Craig grabbed a second-place finish, Cox said he has confidence in his players.

"Our four seniors weren't even on the team," Cox said. "It was a U16 game, so we didn't have our full team."

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