Soccer: Fort Lupton off and rolling through two games

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By Steve Smith

BROOMFIELD -- There aren't many soccer coaches who object to 2-0 starts. There are fewer who complain when their team scores 17 goals to their opponents' two.

Such is the joy FLHS boys soccer coach Archie Suniga faces these days. FLHS beat Prospect Ridge 7-0 in Broomfield Aug. 29.

"That's what we want, the goal differential," Suniga said. "We've given up two and scored 178. It equals two wins."

Suniga hopes the Bluedevils will start their offense a bit sooner. Fifteen of Fort Lupton's goals, including all seven against the Miners, came in the second half.

"I'd like to see them start off a little faster," Suniga said. "The hope is to continue to build and hit our stride by league (which starts later this month). With the schedule we have and the team we have, we have the potential for a very successful season."

Miners' goalkeeper Justin Hoffman made 11 saves, including several in the first half to keep the game scoreless. In one instance, he took a goal away from FLHS' Jovanny Sixtos with a save on the goal We line. Sixtos scored two of the Bliuedevils' goals in the second half.

"I like their decision-making in the final third of the attack," Suniga said. "It's gotten better in the second half of the first game (a 10-2 win over Sterling) and in the second half of this game. Our ability to create going into the final third has gotten better, the one-touch, the two-touch. The way we connect has set up all those opportunities."

Suniga would like to see continued improvement in the final third of the field.

"Our back four is strong. Our goalkeeper is strong," he said. "Where we are struggling is that final third. We need to create more. We're two games in. There's a lot of talent on this team. They are going to continue to get better. They just have to trust the process."