Bullpups soccer gets noticed for success
The Craig Middle School co-ed soccer team, in just its second year, is making a name for itself.
According to coach Aaron Kessler, the team combines seventh-graders and eighth-graders to form a Blue team and a White team.
“Last year we had different split teams with seventh and eighth grades,” said Kessler. “This year the seventh-grade team is a little fewer in numbers and we thought that it would be better if we would create two strong teams.”
The Bullpups compete in the Western Slope League that includes teams from Vail, Glenwood Springs, Rifle and Eagle.
“We do a lot of traveling and we see some tough competition,” said Kessler. “The Rifle game that we played this past weekend was our strongest game that we have played so far this year.”
Overall, the Blue team is off to a 4-0 start and the White team is 2-2. This past weekend Vail and Rifle came to town. The Blue team downed Rifle, 5-2. Getting in the score column for the Bullpups were Flavio Quezada who scored two goals, and Amy Casinger, Peter Stammler and Drew Wiley had one goal each.
Meanwhile the White team blanked Vail, 10-0. Drew Lyon, Cory Bergquest and Tyler Laib all scored twice for the Bullpups.
David Decker, Marcos Quezada and Brad Hurd each scored once.
The White team then turned around and played Rifle and lost, 4-5.
Cory Bergquest scored three goals to pace the team and Brendan Beachman finished with one goal.
“This year we have had a tone of success,” said Kessler. “This is my second year in coaching and I think I kind of now a little bit more this year than last year. Right now we are building for the seventh-graders.
“Next year they will be strong, because of the experience they are getting this year. I think that next year a lot of the eighth-graders will go to the high school soccer team and they will add a lot of young depth to the Bulldogs.”
The Bullpups will next be in action at 1 p.m. Saturday when they split up and go to Glenwood Springs and Rifle.
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