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Craver’s Soccer Team Starts Season 3 – 0 4.21.10
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In their third season it just seems fitting that Craver’s varsity soccer team jumped into an early first place lead with a 3 - 0 start. “Their level of team play has really improved,” complemented Stu Szemaraj, Director of Coaching for the Pueblo Rangers, after the game Saturday. CMS soccer is enjoying more success after their third game this season than the two previous seasons combined. “We are still a new team,” commented Coach Kelley, also in her third season of middle school competition. CMS soccer just completed their first year in the league last month. They compete against schools that began their programs almost six years ago.

"We are growing as a new program though," said the coach. "They have ten of the fourteen players from season one on the field this season; along with fifteen players who competed together last season. That experience playing together has really made a difference."

Craver’s varsity squad is in first place after week three, but with a very narrow margin. “We are where we are right now not just because of wins, but also because of total points scored and points allowed,” said Coach Kelley. “That is a credit to our entire team, they are playing as a team,” Kelley added.

The coach knows they still have to work hard and continue to improve if they want to finish at the top. After all, it’s not just how you start the season that counts, it’s how you finish it. “We are taking it one game at a time,” said Kelley. "Right now we are focused on playing Goodnight. We will have to continue to play as a team and to work even harder," said the coach.

So far this season Craver’s defense, AJ Hall, Sadie Skolnekovich, Michael Palcic, Caleb Phipps, Hunter Kelley, Scott Wachob, Bryna Burns, Chelsea Stallberg and McLaren “Gage” Duewiger, along with goalies, Justin Griffith and Nicolas Gowin have held Craver’s opponents scoreless after 150 minutes of competition. Two of the eight team goals also came from the defense. Craver’s offensive is also enjoying success generating 40 shots on net, with 20 assists, and 6 goals. Offensive players are captains Jacob Caughfield and Jessica Lauritzen, Wesley Chadwick, Sarah Munoz, Eddie Phelps, Madison Schwab, Justin Griffith, Nicolas Gowin, Bo Gookin, and Hunter Kelley.

Craver added a second team in October of last year when the number of players jumped from 14 to 25, and has continued that second team this season with 26 players. The JV, or developmental team, has completed two games this season. While they lost both games, the players which consist mostly if first year players are showing real promise. They are facing a double header this weekend with 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. games. Luckily, Coach Aislynn Phipps will be back into action for both games. The varsity squad meets Goodnight this Saturday at 3:00 p.m. All games are at Langoni Fields in Pueblo.

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