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Craig’s CNCC soccer program bringing on local players

Moffat County grads Diego Quezada, Hugo Snyder plan to play for Spartans

Things are starting up for Spartan soccer.

The men's soccer program at the Craig campus of Colorado Northwestern Community CollegeColorado Northwestern Community College added two to its roster this week with former Moffat County High School athletes Diego Quezada and Hugo Snyder. added two to its roster this week with former Moffat County High School athletes Diego Quezada and Hugo Snyder.

Colorado Northwestern Community College added two to its roster this week with former Moffat County High School athletes Diego Quezada and Hugo Snyder.

If you go

Colorado Northwestern Community College men’s and women’s soccer tryouts

12:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Loudy-Simpson Park soccer fields

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— All interested athletes are welcome at the open tryout free of charge. Women will start at 12:30 p.m., men at 2 p.m. For more information, contact coach Lance Noble at Lance.Noble@cncc.edu.

Quezada signed his official letter of intent to play for CNCC Thursday afternoon, while Snyder will do so Friday.

The two athletes added a great deal to Bulldog sports in their time at MCHS, with Snyder leading the Bulldog boys soccer team in assists — also participating in the recent Western Slope All-Conference tournament — and Quezada playing soccer in the fall and running track in the spring.

However, Quezada spent most of the track season recuperating after a fractured fibula prevented him from running.

And, now that he's back in playing shape, he's looking forward to a whole new season. According to him, he just happened to be signing up for classes at CNCC when he learned of the new athletics Craig would feature, and the timing worked out just right.

"I'm just excited to get the experience of a college team," he said, noting the challenge of being part of a group in its first year and the convenience of staying close to home.

Quezada was joined by his father, Javier, at the signing.

"I'm really happy for him," Javier said.

MCHS coach Harry Tripp also was present at the ceremony for Quezada and plans to be at Snyder's as well.

"This is a great stepping stone for the two of them," Tripp said of his two former players, noting he hopes to maintain collaboration with the CNCC team as it develops.

While still in its infancy, things are moving quickly for Spartan soccer, which will begin games for both a men's and a women's team this fall.

With plans for attracting more local talent, coach Lance Noblecoach Lance Noble has scheduled an open tryout for July 16 at Loudy-Simpson Park, which is also where teams will play home games. has scheduled an open tryout for July 16 at Loudy-Simpson Park, which is also where teams will play home games.

coach Lance Noble has scheduled an open tryout for July 16 at Loudy-Simpson Park, which is also where teams will play home games.

"Open arms," he said, describing the policy for players who are invited.

Women's team tryouts will be from 12:30 to 2 p.m., followed by men from 2 to 3:30 p.m.

In other developments for the program, Noble's assistant coach began work this work. Joe Eades began Tuesday. Hailing from Beaumont, Texas, Eades has also worked with Noble for the Texas Strikers, a professional indoor soccer team. He has played for both Lon Morris College and Louisiana State University's Shreveport campus.

Though he's leapt into his new position, the biggest adjustment for Eades right now is the altitude.

"My legs burn a little bit walking around with less oxygen," he laughed.

The CNCC teams will also have a special tryout available in Denver July 23.

Noble also plans to put together a program for his future players to give back to younger athletes and the area overall. CIDS — Community Involvement and Development through Soccer — is an idea he's implemented at other colleges requiring players to devote at least five hours to a youth program as a referee or working as an assistant coach, offering their services free of charge.

Another program in the works is a Spring Break trip to Europe for Spartan soccer players alongside CNCC's yearly travel journey, heading to Italy next spring.

"Culturally, it's fantastic, and from an athletic standpoint, it's the best soccer in the world," he said, adding that it will help attract players as well as keep those interested in the sport during the off-season.

Janell Oberlander, CNCC Craig campus vice president, said she is pleased to see the soccer teams coming together as the first sports offered through the campus.

"It's just such an exciting time for CNCC and the Craig community," she said. We're very excited to get our players on the field and get this kicked off."

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If you go

Colorado Northwestern Community College men’s and women’s soccer tryouts

12:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Loudy-Simpson Park soccer fields

— All interested athletes are welcome at the open tryout free of charge. Women will start at 12:30 p.m., men at 2 p.m. For more information, contact coach Lance Noble at Lance.Noble@cncc.edu.