By Cory Waltrip, staff writer
The 2010 season for the Boulder High boys varsity soccer team was very successful on several fronts: the team won the Front Range League championship, beat Fairview twice and made it to the semifinals of the state playoffs.
The Panthers finished the season with a 16-1-2 record and was only ousted from the playoffs by a last-minute goal in overtime by the eventual state champion Cherry Creek.
The team, which included 12 seniors, was a very close group. They came together by having team dinners every Friday as well as participating in team activities such as going to Calwood. Coach Hardy Kalisher said they really came together as a group of friends, not individuals.
It was a highlight-filled season. Boulder won their first two games ever at French Field in Fort Collins, one against Poudre and one against Rocky Mountain. The Panthers defeated their cross-town rival, Fairview, twice this year. The first game was a 1-0 win at Fairview while the second game was a 3-1 state quarterfinal victory at Recht Field. The team won the Front Range League Championship for the first time in school history, and they did it with three games remaining in the season.
The individual awards also mounted up this year for the Panthers. Senior midfielder Brook Assefa took first team all-conference and first team all-state honors. Senior midfielder Will Maxwell received first team all-conference honors. Junior midfielder Jack Huettel won second team all-conference and second team all-state honors. Senior defender Cole Carosella and senior keeper Murray Smith earned honorable mention conference honors. Senior forward Willy Husted received second team all-conference honors.
Senior defender Cody Vann earned the biggest awards though. He took first team all-conference and first team all-state honors as well as a Denver Post student athlete of the week award. Vann was also very close to becoming an All-American.
Overall, the Panthers had the most successful year Boulder High soccer has ever had, and it came down to one thing: teamwork.