The Fossil Ridge High School boys soccer team is experienced as 16 seniors return from a team that went to the second round of the Class 5A State Championships after tearing through the regular season with a 13-3 record.
With such a crush of talent, there’s little surprise expectations are high, especially from coach Shannon Clarke, who in the spring guided the Fossil Ridge girls to the semifinals of the state championships in the spring.
“Last year we led the league in wins and goals scored,” Clarke wrote in an via email. “We need to improve.”
That’s a scary thought for the rest of the 5A Front Range League and the three other city schools, Poudre, Fort Collins and Rocky Mountain.
Those three combined to score 66 goals last season. Fossil Ridge scored 52 by itself, including outscoring the city teams 7-1 in head-to-head match-ups.
There’s still reason for optimism. A young Fort Collins squad has gotten a year older, and wiser. Poudre is learning to play its game, and Rocky Mountain coach Ken Osterberg said the Lobos are working harder than ever.
The work is cut out for them, though.