Eliot Edwards was one of a group of freshman players on the Chaparral girls soccer team two springs ago when the Wolverines started to rejuvenate a program that was 0-15 during the 2014 season.
Chaparral has gone 19-14 the past two seasons under the tutelage of coach Kelsey Ferguson, made piggy-back appearances in the Class 5A state tournament and opened the 2017 season with a 4-1 win over Littleton March 9 at Echo Park Automotive Stadium in Parker.
“We had eight freshmen on the team when I was a freshman,” Edwards said. “There were a lot of people I knew from club and all of our freshman knew pretty well how to play together because of course we all played club with each together. Everyone who was already on the team was very welcoming.
“We played pretty well against Littleton. We have some new girls come up from JV (junior varsity) to our team. Overall, it was a pretty good game. We all kept up the intensity even when subs were going in. Hopefully we can start the season pretty well and this game did a great job in showing that.”
Edwards scored twice, and sophomores Aubree Martinez and Maysa Walters each had a goal in the season-opening victory. Addie Almeida, Katie Hogan and Malak Rafik were credited with assists for the Wolverines.
Junior Sarah Gray scored for Littleton in the 51st minute to trim the Chaparral lead to 2-1, but goals by Walters and Edwards sealed the win.
”We've got progress to make,” Ferguson said. “We know where we want to go and we're mapping a plan to get there. Our goal is very much state. We have the capabilities to do it.
“All those freshmen are now juniors, they are committing to colleges, they are playing ECNL (Elite Clubs National League), they have their future in front of them and it's very great. They know where they want to go and my job is to just to guide them.”