Historic Season for Generals
Hindsight can give tremendous perspective and looking back on the Generals transformation from last season to this season is quite remarkable. This was Coach Starr?s second season as head coach of the Generals and the transformation that has taken place over the span of one year is nothing short of remarkable. Last year the Generals had a win less season, but this year the Generals won four games and posted a winning record. Since the inception of the program, there had not been a team that had won more than two conference games in a season, let alone have a winning season. This year, the Generals finished second in their division, stayed undefeated at home in the regular season and only lost two games in the regular season. Along with setting these new records for the program came the first trophy in the program by winning the NWCCD Cup by beating rivals Gillette over the span of two games.
The Generals played Otero Junior College in the quarterfinal round of playoffs and the first fifteen minutes did not go the Generals way as Otero scored two goals. After a tactical change by the coaching staff of the Generals, the remainder of the half remained a tight contest with both teams battling hard. The second half began and the Generals came out fighting. They fought and battled and scored a goal through the head of Evan Coon. Otero felt the momentum of the game shifting and battled to keep the Generals at bay. More chances were created and a few calls did not go the way of the Generals and unfortunately the game ended 2-1. Although this season ended in heartbreak as the Generals fell to Otero in the quarterfinal game, there is a tremendous amount to be proud of this season.
The legacy and culture of this program has forever been changed and the Generals have earned the respect of teams in their conference. Although the Generals will be losing sophomores, like Titus Nickson, Chase Johnson, Jose Guerrero, Anthony Keith, Matthew Gilbert, Matthew Bebo, Jacob Martindale, and Jacob Kottke, there is much excitement for next year?s sophomore class. They will be led by Nicolas Parris, Brad Whiles, Easton Hartman and Francisco Pacheco and the rest of the strong freshmen class.
The focus now shifts to off-season workouts and spring games, while recruiting for next year?s incoming class, to continue where this group left off and to build a program and culture of excellence. Thank you all for your support all season and we look forward to seeing what Coach Starr and this Generals team will do next season and every season after.