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Last year? Ancient history for 2014-15 FLHS soccer team

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By Steve Smith

FORT LUPTON — The lineup may not be set. There may well be some questions about the members of the roster.

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One thing is for certain, though. Fort Lupton boys soccer coach Archie Suniga put last year’s success to bed late last year.

“I stopped celebrating once our end-of-season banquet was over last year and started looking toward this season. I have made it clear to the boys that we do not care about what happened last year, this year is about winning championships and nothing else.’

The Bluedevils are coming off a second-round appearance in the state 3A tournament, their best-ever performance in the sport. FLHS won 11 games, the most wins since Suniga took over the program.

Fort Lupton returns to class 4A this year. The Bluedevils also have to find some folks to replace the likes of Jacob Posada, the team’s leading scorer a season ago, and fellow all-conference winners Colton McCutchan and Jerry Botello.

On a recent summer evening, 13 players showed up for the continuation of summer workouts. The first formal practice is Aug. 11, and prospective players have to turn in their paperwork — including evidence of a physical — before practice starts.

“I’ve been happy with the turnout and the effort being put forth by the boys,” Suniga said. “I expect the numbers to continue to rise as we move forward.

Suniga’s main focus for summer workouts is conditioning and mental strength.

“I am pushing the boys hard to see what they can take and how bad they want it,” Suniga said. “For us to accomplish our two main goals this year ... to win the league championship plus the state championship. We need to be perfect”

The season begins at 10 a.m., Aug. 23, at Centaurus.

“I will not be satisfied with just winning two playoff games this year and neither will the boys,” Suniga said. “This team wants championships this season.”