Fall season preps girls soccer team for spring | CraigDailyPress.com

Fall season preps girls soccer team for spring

David Pressgrove

By David Pressgrove

Daily Press Writer

For 15 Moffat County High School girls soccer players, practice might not make perfect, but at least it makes them more prepared.

The girls joined together to play in a U-18 league this fall to get more experience before the official high school season begins in the spring.

“This had been good for them to prepare as a team for the spring,” said first-year head coach Carla Bamford. “Any extra touches they can get will really benefit us.”

The Bulldogs have faced Cortez, Rifle, Grand Junction, Montrose and Palisade in nine games this season. The team will travel to Rifle Saturday to finish up the season with a game at 9:30 a.m. against Palisade and a 4:30 p.m. contest against Montrose.

“While our record shows we’ve had a rough season (1 win) we’ve played most of our games close,” said senior Jada Hastings. “The spring is when the end result matters.”

Bamford said that two of the biggest benefits for the fall squad were that as a first-year coach she could get the feel for the team and it gave an opportunity for the teammates to learn each other’s style.

“We have an age gap with seven freshmen and seven seniors on the team,” she said. “They hadn’t played together much at all and it was good to find the chemistry between them.”

Hastings said the freshmen have learned some useful skills and understanding.

“They came in after being pretty successful in their age group,” she said. “It showed them what they’ll be up against when playing against 18-year-olds. It also helped our unity as a squad before the varsity season starts.”

Coming off a nine-goal season five of which were in one game last spring, the team recognizes what needs to be improved on.

“We need to develop more of an attack,” Hastings said. “It has started to show toward the end of the fall.”

The girls will also have the opportunity to play some indoor soccer this winter to get more touches.

“The more that I get to watch and teach the better off we’ll be in the spring,” Bamford said. “I’m excited for the way they’ve been playing and gelling as a team.”

David Pressgrove can be reached at 824-7031 or dpressgrove@craigdailypress.com

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