Historic start for GHS soccer

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Adrianna Rodriguez

Senior Bogdan Maples booting a goal kick during the victory over Salida.

Jack Pierson, Bullpen Editor

For the first time in Gunnison High School (GHS) history, the Cowboys have a boys varsity soccer team. GHS had a soccer team in the 2020-2021 school year, but it was only a junior varsity team.   

Thus far, GHS has had an intriguing season to say the least. The Cowboys started the season off with back-to-back losses, but have since registered four wins and another loss to put their record at 4-3 overall. 

“Finally, finally their hard work is paying off for them and they are going to start believing they are a team to contend with,” said head coach Susan Powers. “They’re fighters and that’s what I love about this group of kids.”

Included in the Cowboys’ victories was a highly climactic win over the Salida Spartans Tuesday, Sept. 7, during Homecoming Week. Sophomore Henry Hubbard scored the one and only point with only one minute thirty seconds left in the game.

The win over Salida shined a spotlight on many players. Senior Bogden Maples was a wall in the goal, while Carlos Aguilar and Brian Perez controlled the midfield.

“As long as we keep working hard for each other we can get great passes, great touches, and great goals,” said Aguilar. “As long as we work together we can win,” said Aguilar.

Wins over Alamosa, 2-1, and Bayfeild, 4-2, have the Cowboys rolling into the meat of their season. Sophomore Gael Ayala scored three goals in the win over Bayfield, while Hubbard added another goal to his season tally.

The boys varsity team is confident they can keep the intensity as long as they follow their goals. Their next game will be at 1 p.m. on Saturday, September 25, at Cowboy Memorial Stadium.