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Grand County girls learn valuable skills at Adams State College soccer camp

Courtesy photoThe members of the Intermountain Liberty U-18 girls soccer team from Grand County celebrates the end of its pre-season camp with a photo in front of the Adams State College "Grizzly" statute. Head coach Jeff Burrows (center) holds the trophy the team won during the two-day camp. Lindsey Birdseye is not pictured.

The Intermountain Liberty U-18 girls soccer team from Grand County returned from a pre-season camp last week at Adams State College in Alamosa.

The two-day camp featured soccer teams from Colorado and New Mexico. It was hosted by college coaches from Utah and Iowa as well as Adams State.

“Two of last year’s Middle Park High seniors will be playing for Adams State next season and we had heard good things about the coaches there,” said Simon Levett, the Liberty team’s assistant coach. “This was the first time that the team has been away to a camp of this kind as a group and we thought it would be a great way to prepare for their forthcoming season, which kicks off on August 23rd.”

The camp was a challenge for the Grand County soccer players, who competed in four games in less than two days against tough opponents. In addition, they participated in practice sessions with the college coaches and lectures on tactics and formations.

“The attitude and commitment of the girls was fantastic throughout,” Levett said. “They worked really hard and learned new skills that they then had the opportunity to try out in competitive game situations.”

The culmination of the camp was a set-piece competition at which the Liberty team picked up the trophy for its performance on defending and scoring from corners.

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“Considering the quality of the opposition, this was a fantastic achievement by the ladies,” Levett said.

As a finale for the camp, a team of “All Stars” was selected from all of the teams to play an Adams State College team. Four of Liberty’s players ” Lindsey Birdseye, Tracie Kroneberger, Hannah Levett and Ryndi Zastrow ” were chosen to play.

“This camp has really given us a head start,” Levett said. “We now know what we need to work on, as well as having had the opportunity to try players in different positions in a competitive situation.”

Grand County’s Liberty team thanked Jack Van Horn for loaning it two vans to get the team to Alamosa.

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