Elaine Wood is in her 11th year of high school soccer coaching and has over 21 years of overall experience. Her staff consists of Eddie Sanford (eight years at high school and 21-plus overall experience) and Steve Hartman who has over five years of experience and two years of high school coaching experience.
The Delta County soccer team is composed of players from throughout Delta County and uses Delta High School as its home field for matches.
Last year's team was 4-11, with four games being lost in the final minutes of play — two by penalty kicks.
Delta has some top returners from a year ago and they include Kempton Albee, Alex Quintero, Luis Jimenez and Kai Malhardt.
There are numbers with 42 players out this season.
This year's squad is 3-2-1 overall and 1-2 in league play so far.
Delta faced Roaring Fork in Carbondale on Thursday of last week and came away with a 1-1 tie.
The Panthers hosted Coal Ridge on Tuesday (Sept. 17) and was scheduled to face Summit's Tigers on Saturday (Sept. 21) at 11 a.m. in Frisco. The Tigers are 3-1 overall and 3-0 in league play.
Delta 2, CR 1 (OT)
The Panthers trailed the top-ranked Coal Ridge Titans 1-0 after the first 40 minutes of play in Delta last Tuesday. The Titans' outstanding player, Edgar Enriquez, scored the goal near the end of the first half. Enrique Bucio was given the assist.
Delta's Kai Maulhardt scored the tying goal that sent the match to over- time.
In the overtime period, freshman Abraham Ontiveros sent the ball across the front of the goal and received credit for the winning goal off Maulhardt, who was pressuring the Titans' defense on the play.
Delta coach Elaine Wood noted prior to the start of Tuesday's contest that it would be a difficult match as Coal Ridge is one of the top 3A teams in the state.
After the match, Wood watched her team react to the big win. "The boys were so excited that they stormed the field. It was so exciting and fun. Coal Ridge is a top-level team in 3A and has made it to the playoffs several years in a row. Their number eight (Enriquez) is a phenomenal player and we had to work hard to shut him down. We played extremely tough and aggressive defense, and on the offensive side we were quick to the ball and then had good movement with it."
The Panthers were winners in Frisco on Saturday by a 1-0 score. Ontiveros scored the winning goal in the first half with senior Jonathan Rosales providing an assist.
This week's schedule included a Tuesday match against the Aspen Skiers, and the Devils of Eagle Valley are in town Saturday for a 1 p.m. contest at Delta High School.blog comments powered by Disqus