Delta soccer team earns honors

By Wayne Crick

Delta High School's soccer team landed five athletes on this year's Western Slope League All-Conference Team. Senior middle fielder Brandon Harper and junior fullback Jose Pantoja were selected to the league's All-Conference Team while senior fullback Ian Downey and striker Marco Edmondson were Honorable Mention picks.

Sophomore goal keeper Felipe Bedoy was the third Panther picked for the Honorable Mention Team.

Harper, in 18 games this season, scored nine goals with nine assists, and finished with 27 points on the season.

Pantoja also played in 18 games and was instrumental in leading the Panthers deep into this year's 3A state playoffs. His value to Delta's success, and the contributions he made on the field earned Pantoja the WSL Player of the Year award.

Edmondson was an 18-game player for Delta who scored 10 goals (eighth in WSL) with 14 assists (second in WSL and eighth in Class 3A) for a total of 34 points (seventh in WSL and 29th in Class 3A) through the season.

Downey scored three goals on 17 shots in 18 games for the Panthers.

Bedoy's season was stellar. He played in 18 games, logged 1330 minutes in goal, allowed just nine goals with a goals allowed average of 0.541 (first in WSL and fourth in Class 3A), had 61 saves (sixth in WSL), and recorded nine shutouts to finish the season with a 14-3-1 record.

In addition to league awards, Harper and Downey were selected to the 3A Colorado All State Teams. Harper was named to the First Team with Downey selected as a Second Team member.

Elaine Wood was this year's Delta High School soccer coach. She has 15 years as a head high school coach and has been part of a soccer organization for 26 years.