FORT LUPTON — The Fort Lupton High School girls soccer team starts the last week of the season in some rarified air.
The Bluedevils won their two games last week. That’s the first two-game winning streak since Archie Suniga took over the program in 2013.
Fort Lupton stopped Community Christian 4-1 April 22 and shut out Valley 1-0 April 24 behind a goal from senior Christina Jurado.
“The two wins were huge for the girls,” Suniga said. “It has definitely provided them with some motivation and confidence heading into our last two games of the season.” One was against Estes Park April 30, after press time. The season finale is May 1 at Rocky Mountain Lutheran High School in Westminster.
“Our goal is to win both,” Suniga said. “We also want to play strong soccer to continue to build for next season.”
Despite the late season charge, Fort Lupton won’t qualify for the state 3A soccer playoffs. The Bluedevils are 2 ½ games out of the last qualifying spot with just two games left on the schedule.
Suniga isn’t surprised by the two-game winning streak.
“I have been able to see the team get better every game,” Suniga said. “Even though the score on most of the games would not reflect that progress, I can see it. I knew with the progress they were making that they would win some games. Now we have three wins with a chance to get more.”
One thing that has helped the Bluedevils is scoring the first goal of the game. That has been the case in each of the team’s three wins.
“That provides a lot of confidence,” Suniga said. “Plus, they are limiting the mistakes in the dangerous parts of the field. And, they are finishing games. Even though it is just a couple of wins, they are playing really well. And they like that feeling, so it is just keeping them motivated and hungry to want to finish strong. They are a good team, and they need to believe that. These wins have helped provide that belief.”
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