Soccer coach sees ‘special opportunity’

Red Devil soccer players Miguel Gonzalez, left, and Arthur Hawks get some work in on the soccer pitch.
Photo by Anthony Militano

Grand County High soccer coach Chris Beitner is optimistic the 2019 campaign will be a success after splitting wins and losses last year.

“We have a very special opportunity this year,” said Beitner. “Most of the athletes in attendance thus far have played soccer together since they were very young, which creates a chemistry among them that cannot be taught. In addition, we have had a lot of new faces and incoming freshmen that have just as much to offer.”

Overall, he said he has “an exceptional pool of talented players that brings such a wide array of skill to the program.”

As with any program, there are plenty of challenges. “ Last year we had a very small roster … this year we hope to have enough players to field both a JV and varsity squad,” said Beitner. “Unfortunately, as anticipated with any season, we have already experienced a few injuries,” he said. “However, with so many potential players this year, we hope to have much more depth on our roster.”

The wet winter hasn’t helped the team prepare. “One of the most challenging obstacles we have faced already has been the ongoing weather patterns. I think it is safe to say that most if not all spring sports coaches are struggling with the same problem. The soccer field is currently covered in snow,” he said when interviewed last week, “but in the meantime we have made arrangements for any available gym space thanks to other high school programs sharing their time inside, as well as Moab City Recreation. Training indoors and playing indoor soccer can be very beneficial in so many ways, but is very different than playing on a regulation-size field outside.”