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Hannah Walker first to sign with CNCC women’s soccer

Program adds assistant coach Susan Turner, plans for August start to schedule

The start date is coming up fast for the first athletic program at Colorado Northwestern Community College'sColorado Northwestern Community College’s Craig campus, but the goal of filling up rosters for both men’s and women’s soccer teams are getting closer too. Craig campus, but the goal of filling up rosters for both men's and women's soccer teams are getting closer too.

Colorado Northwestern Community College's Craig campus, but the goal of filling up rosters for both men's and women's soccer teams are getting closer too.

CNCC soccer officially signed its first member for the women's team Monday with recent Moffat County High SchoolMoffat County High School graduate Hannah Walker, who will serve as goaltender for the Spartans this fall. graduate Hannah Walker, who will serve as goaltender for the Spartans this fall.

Moffat County High School graduate Hannah Walker, who will serve as goaltender for the Spartans this fall.

The same day saw the announcement of Susan Turner as an assistant coach for both the men's and women's teams.

Head coach Lance Noble said the procurement of Walker and Turner is quite a boon for the program, due to the specialized nature of playing goalie, noting that when he came to CNCC, the position in box was the one he believed would be hardest to fill.

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"Goalkeeper is like the quarterback or pitcher in other sports," he said. "Not only do we have one now, but she's our first."

Walker — who recorded the most saves of any 3A Western Slope League keeper this spring — worked a great deal with Turner during her time with Moffat County soccer, Turner serving as the junior varsity coach for both boys and girls teams at MCHS and focusing on goalie training thanks to her own time playing the position growing up in California.

"I'm really looking forward to it," Turner said of the season ahead, adding she hopes to squeeze in some time working with the Bulldogs if time allows.

Walker had planned to attend Nebraska's Chadron State College this fall but could not resist the chance to get back into soccer, a sport not offered by Chadron.

"There's some better options here, it'll definitely be fun," she said, stating she plans to eventually pursue a career in chemical engineering.

While Walker is the first to officially sign with CNCC women's soccer — and fellow MCHS alumni Diego Quezada and Hugo Snyder have signed for the men's team —several more players are in the paperwork stages of joining the Spartans, Noble said.

An open tryout this past weekend had a small but enthusiastic turnout, and between that and contacting interested athletes through other avenues, about 15 are currently already lined up for the men and about 10 for the women, some of whom will be officially announced later this week.

Games will begin in August with a home field location at Loudy-Simpson Park, a space Noble and his crew hope to boost with a set of bleachers, portable storage building and a sound system, even setting up a bounce house area for spectators with small children.

Noble said he plans to make the experience an exciting one both for those on the field and those in the stands.

"I only know how to do things one way, and that's the right way," he said. "Failure is anything less than perfection. Failure is not now, nor ever will be an option for this program."

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