Soccer season is kicking off

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Izzy Honey, Review Staff

Feature Photo By: Izzy Honey Junior Cristofer Reza defends the Rangeview goal against Doherty High School. Rangeview won 2-1 at the scrimmage on Saturday August 20th.

Looking at this year’s varsity boys soccer team, it’s difficult not to recognize familiar faces. The majority of this year’s players are returning, however the team lost some talented players from last year, such as goalie Sean Harcrow, forward Luis Sostenes, and forward Michael Johnson. Since only five players graduated, there was not much room for fresh faces.

One addition to the team is senior Rudy Ovalle, who is new to Rangeview’s soccer program. “He came to camp and he’s having a great year so far. We’re looking forward to having him support the back line,” said coach Vic Strouse.

Other new recruits include senior David Galdamez and senior Jason Chinyere, both of whom played on the JV team last year. 

On Saturday, the boys played their first scrimmages of the year against Arvada West High School, Cherokee Trail High School, and Doherty High School. With wins against Arvada West and Doherty, both 2-1, this year’s team is anticipated to exceed expectations. 

The varsity soccer players scrimmage against each other during practice. The season starts on Thursday, August 25th with the first game against Arapahoe High School. (Izzy Honey)
The varsity soccer players scrimmage against each other during practice. The season starts on Thursday, August 25th with the first game against Arapahoe High School. (Izzy Honey)

Senior Ivan Enriquez said, “There’s a lot of talent on this team and having played together last year, the chemistry is definitely good. Therefore, there’s no doubt we will have a successful season this year.” Scoring two of the five goals on Saturday, he is once again expected to be the team’s top scorer.

Last year, the team made it to state playoffs, but lost in the first round. In comparison, big things can be expected of this year’s team.

“We have a lot of seniors on this team, hungry and ready to eat this year, and the juniors and underclassmen are just as hungry as we are. I’m honestly excited about this season, and ready to show the state what Rangeview is about,” said third year varsity player senior Jalen Sanchez.

The coaches agree that this years team shows great potential. “Honestly I think rather than just one star, I see the potential for the team to be a star.” said assistant coach Tim Corby. It looks as though the varsity team is ready to shine out and prove themselves as stars.

The first varsity soccer game will take place on Thursday, August 25th on the Rangeview turf at 6:30 against Arapahoe High School.