Soccer team drops opener to cross-town rival


Kathryn Broderius

Greeley West senior Salman Hassan dribbles the ball at midfield during Tuesday night's soccer game at District 6 Stadium. Central beat the Spartans, 2-0.

Kathryn Broderius, Staff Writer

For the Greeley West boys’ soccer team, the outcome was all but favorable after losing 2-0 in Tuesday’s game against Greeley Central.

Even though West lost, the game was still full of excitement as many fans packed in to District 6 football stadium to watch.

West vs. Central sports match-ups are highly anticipated events, where students pack the stands to watch the two rival schools go head to head in competition. Coaches of all West athletics expect a win from their teams when the rival, non-conference game comes around.  It was not to be for the Spartans this year.

In the fast-paced game, the ball was played back and forth in both teams’ ends. Central scored the first goal with 18:39 minutes remaining in the first half. The second goal was then scored off of a penalty kick in the box, just 2:61 minutes into the second half. The Spartans were never able to offensively attack and get down on the other end of the field together to create goal scoring opportunities.

The game also came with many fouls called on both teams as well as five yellow cards awarded to West players as well as a small altercation after an injury with just 11 minutes remaining in the game.

Unfortunately for head boys’ soccer coach Mr. Marty Lordemann, the team was not able to pull off a win. “We shot ourselves in the foot. The other team wanted it more and they worked harder to get it.”

Lordemann also added, “I think we are a better team, but we didn’t put forward as much effort as we should have.”

This was West’s first official soccer game of the season, with many games to come as they take on Skyline this Friday in Longmont.  The team looks forward to another season, using this game as a learning experience and motivation to work even harder in the future.