Deja blue: Mann, Uecker all conference again
As far as originality goes, the Moffat County girls soccer team didn’t score high in its Western Slope League All Conference awards. But as far as having good prospects for the future, the selections are positive.
For the second consecutive year, junior Jessica Uecker and sophomore Ashleigh Mann were honored by WSL coaches. Uecker was named to the first team, and Mann was honorable mention.
“Both of those girls made my job easier,” first-year coach Jim Loughran said. “They helped the team have a good overall attitude.”
“It’s way cool,” Uecker said about her honor. “It’s nice to be recognized for working hard.”Uecker played stopper, striker, midfield and forward during the season. Early on, she was the offensive threat. Later in the season, she was responsible for shutting down opponents’ offense.
“She was the most consistent and versatile player we had,” Loughran said. “She made the difference in the middle for us.”
Uecker was second on the team in scoring with five goals.
She said she considered herself a leader on the team because of her experience.
“There are times when my experience shows,” she said. “We’re young, and experience helps.”
With most of the team returning next year, Uecker said she hoped to see more dedication in the summer from the team.
Mann led the team in goals as a freshman with seven and this year with eight goals. She said her best moment of the season was scoring the golden goal against Palisade.
“It takes someone who isn’t afraid to stick their nose in there to be a forward,” Loughran said. “Ashleigh sacrificed her body for shots at forward.”
The sophomore said it was good to be recognized by the league but she hoped next year the team would do better so others could be recognized.
“We had better attitudes this year,” she said. “I hope we can have more commitment during the summer and fall.”
The Bulldogs tied their previous best with three wins in the WSL this year.
“I wish there could have been more awards,” Loughran said. “There were others who were des—–erving and it was a hard choice.”
Each team is awarded a certain number of spots on the WSL according to its finish.
“It was a young league this year,” Loughran said. “Next year it will be good again, and hopefully this team can be up there.”
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