College soccer team competes in tournament |

College soccer team competes in tournament

Bruce Tippets

The CNCC-Craig club co-ed soccer team, in its first year of competition, returned Sunday from the Colorado State Community College Championships in Littleton, Colo., after a second-place finish.

According to coach Bill Sawer, he believed the time was right to form the team.

“I just thought that it was time to start a club team here in Craig,” said Sawer. “The dean of the college was open to it and I am trying to start a program where it will be full-time.”

In the tournament, Craig opened by blanking Colorado Mountain College-Springs Valley, 3-0, and then Arapahoe Community College downed Craig, 4-2.

“The only game we lost during the season was to Arapahoe Community College,” said Sawer. “The game went back and forth. We were short-handed and we didn’t have any subs. The game went to the team that had the most depth.”

Craig bounced back to outlast Aurora Community College, 4-2.

Araphoe Community College finished in first place and Aurora Community College came in third.

“We did really good for our first year,” said Sawer. “We were missing a couple of players in the tournament that didn’t make the trip and I think we would have done even better.”

Sawer said the tournament had some solid players.

“The tournament is for co-ed club junior college teams,” said Sawer. “There were five teams at the tournament. There is a lot of interest around the state and there was a lot of good players.”

Members of the CNCC-Craig team were Jennifer Havrilla, Amanda Gray, Javier Contreras, Isidro Quezada, Jose Quezada, Raul Sanchez, Jose Rodriquez and Ricardo Zaragoza.

“When you are in high school you can take college credits,” said Sawer. “I have a lot of players on the team that are still in high school.”

During season competionbefore the state tournament the CNCC-Craig team earned wins over CMC-Alpine campus, 3-2, and CNCC-Rangely, 10-3.

Craig will travel to Laramie, Wyo., to play the University of Wyoming Cowboys for the final game of the season of the season Oct. 17.

“We will be playing their club soccer team,” said Sawer. “I am going to take the Steamboat Springs club team and the Craig team. We will then combine them into one to makes us stronger. It will be a good learning experience for us.”