Photo by Wayne Crick Delta’s Kempton Albee watches the ball after it got past him and fellow team mate Ramiro Fausto (3) on a corner kick. In the background is goalkeeper Felix Heinz. Delta avenged a 2-1 loss to the Grand Valley Cardinals with a 3-0 win at home last Saturday. Delta’s season concluded with the win.The 2012 soccer season is over for the Delta Panthers. Being in a new league, a new base-school, with new kids, and not having all the players who might have come out, the Panthers made multitudes of adjustments and finished the season strong with a 3-0 win over Grand Valley last Saturday.
Elaine Woods' squad had many close games this season and should not be lamenting its 1-5 league record and 3-11 overall mark. "This season was positive with all the new changes the kids and coaches had to go through. The move to Delta was mostly good. Some of the players we had last season didn't make the move to Delta. But we gained new kids here in Delta. There were learning curves to go with the changes. A higher division of competition brought the experience of playing different teams. We played well all year, and, with the exception of a big loss at Coal Ridge, we were within reach of victory in our games," noted Wood.
The Panthers played twice last week and split wins and losses. On Thursday, Oct. 18, Delta was in Craig for its last 4A WSL contest against the Bulldogs. No stats were available for the match but the final score was 4-1 in favor of Moffat County.
On Saturday, the Panthers took on the visiting Grand Valley Cardinals in non-conference action.
The Panthers played aggressively and controlled the early tempo. Delta lost to the Cardinals by a 2-1 count the last time the two teams met on Sept. 29.
Saturday's match was controlled by the Panthers from start to finish. Delta senior Chrishan Monzon netted the Panther's first goal near the 28 minute mark.
Paonia sophomore Kai Maulhardt scored the second goal in the first half at the 7:45 point and put Delta ahead 2-0 at the break.
Maulhardt scored his second goal of the match at the 35 minute mark to close out scoring.
Wood is excited about next year already. Having played one year in the new league will provide confidence for the younger players in their new environment.