Rocky Mountain Division

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Rocky Mountain Roundup - Week 3

Week 3 in the Rocky Mountain Division saw only one match going into the holiday break.

On Saturday night, we saw the first rematch of the season as the Edwards Freedom returned to Ft. Collins, looking to avenge their season opening loss to the Fury.  Edwards looked like they may do just that in the first half, as they took a 3-2 lead into the break.  But just as they did in the first matchup, the Fury put away what was a close game at the half, with a dominating second half performance - this time outscoring the Freedom 5-0 in the second half, to win 7-3. 

The Freedom fall to 0-3 and will have some catching up to do if they want a shot at the Division title game.  The Blizzard (1-0) and the Fury (3-1) look to be the top contenders at the moment, with the 1-1 Dynamite hanging back in 3rd.  The Dynamite showed potential in their first match, but some inconsistency in their second. 

Going into the holiday break, the standings look like this:

Rocky Mountain Division GP W L T Pts
Ft. Collins Fury   43109

The Fury  close out their home stand with 3 of 4 wins, now they face 4 straight road matches in their quest for the Division....

Colorado Blizzard   11003

The Blizzard look like the team to beat after an impressive 10-2 victory in Ft. Collins.

Denver Dynamite   21103

After splitting two road games the Dynamite await the Blizzard on Jan. 6th...

Edwards Freedom   30300

Still a quality squad, but there are no weeks off in this division!

On Friday January 6th, 2012; the season will resume with a huge match between the Colorado Blizzard and the Denver Dynamite. Not only is it the home opener for the Dynamite, but the match also doubles as a Round of 16 match in the US Open Arena Soccer Championships.  The winner will move on to the Quarterfinals to face the winner of the Vitesse Dallas-Springfield Demize match on Sunday, January 8th.

On Saturday January 7th, the Ft. Collins Fury will travel down to Monument to face a Colorado Blizzard squad that dominated them 10-2 up in Ft. Collins, for the Fury's only loss of the season.   This could turn out to be a very pivotal match for the Division title race.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Fury No Match for the Boys from the South

A Strong Blizzard blew in from the south up through Fort Collins, Co. on Saturday night as the defending Rocky Mountain Champions opened up their account on the new season with a 10-2 win over the Fury.

Coach Wells, "A strong performance was put in by the team as a whole. Eric Goldberg with his first 4 goal game made a strong statement and solidified my moving him from the back into the midfield this season; he is easily the MVP for the game. We look forward to some good hard training over the holiday break and look to correct some things we could do better as we anticipate a very busy season after the break."

The Blizzard jumped out to a 3-0 lead at the end of the 1st qtr and added 2 more before the end of the first half to take a 5-0 lead into the break. The Fury got one back in the 3rd, but the Blizzard continued their solid play and countered with 2 more themselves. Despite a towering 7-1 lead for the Blizzard at the start of the 4th quarter, the Fury found their legs to garner a 2nd goal early on. But the Blizzard were relentless in their attack and added 3 more before the final whistle blew to end the game with 10 goals.

Coach Wells, “On behalf of the Colorado Blizzard Players, Staff and all of our Families, We would like to wish everyone a very safe and Happy Holiday Season and we hope to see all of you at our games in the New Year.”

Monday, December 12, 2011

Rocky Mountain Roundup - Week 2

Week 2 in the Rocky Mountain Division was a busy one, with three matches. 

Saturday night saw the return of the Denver Dynamite in Edwards.  In a match of streaks, the Dynamite started out with a 3-0 lead, only for the Freedom to score 4 straight to take a 4-3 lead.  The teams then traded goals until the halftime break, where they were tied 5-5.  Mike Ogletree was the star of the first half and the game, with 4 first half goals.   The Dynamite would then score 3 straight goals in the third quarter to take an 8-5 lead.  The teams traded goals the rest of the way and the Dynamite would win, 10-7.

At the same time the Colorado Blizzard made a statement that they are still the team to beat, turning in a dominating performance in Ft. Collins, beating the Fury 10-2.

Sunday night the road weary Dynamite would travel to Ft. Collins, and the Fury came out guns blazing, looking to prove that Saturday night was a fluke.  They certainly looked the more motivated of the two squads, dominating the first half and taking a 5-0 lead into the break.  The second half would see the Dynamite offense start to pick things up, aided by a number of power plays, but it wasn't enough as the Fury prevailed, 7-3.  

After two weeks, the standings look like this:

Rocky Mountain Division GPWLTPts
Ft. Collins Fury 32106

The Fury have the most wins, but only one home game remaining in the regular season.

Colorado Blizzard 11003

The Blizzard look like the team to beat after an impressive 10-2 victory in Ft. Collins.

Denver Dynamite 21103

After splitting two road games the Dynamite await the Blizzard on Jan. 6th...

Edwards Freedom 20200

A quality squad, but this is shaping up to be a tough division!

Next weekend the Edwards Freedom return to Ft. Collins for the first rematch of the season, on Saturday December 17th at 7pm.  Both teams will be motivated to win this match.  Edwards will not want to be 0-3 going into the holiday break, and the Fury will want to win their final home match of the regular season before they embark on 4 straight road matches.  This will be the last match until Friday January 6th, 2012. 

Thursday, December 8, 2011

BLizzard Warning to Remain in Effect for 2011-12 Season

Severe Weather Warning : There is a  Blizzard coming to Fort Collins this Saturday. Doppler Radar indicates a 2x defending Rocky Mountain Champion, Colorado Blizzard, is fast approaching.  

" We are looking forward to getting our season under way as we have made some very strong off -season changes to the team that I feel will make us even stronger then we have ever been. Building on our 10 former Professional Arena Soccer League players that make up the core of our team. " Coach Wells

Colorado Lightning:
Michael Archuleta*, Clayton Zelin,

Detroit Waza Flo Pro:
Jon Dzuba,*

Denver Dynamite:
Captain Jimmy Wade, John Molet, Jesse Black, Ryan Creager, Brian Contreras, Kelly Robinson and former  National Arena Soccer Team Goal Keeper Justin Dzuba.
*Also signed  with the Denver Dynamite.

Coach Wells continues, "With this number of veteran players and the addition of some of our younger skillful players and our new style of play we are looking to make a run at the National Title this year in San Diego. We are also looking forward to the addition of the Dynamite to our already strong division and the competition will surely be epic every time we play them. However, our first goal begins this weekend with our cross state rival, FC Fury.   See you all at the Arena and as always, " First You Must Love the Game"."

Returning Players:

Udobong Obotette (Nigeria), Yves Chinje (Cameroon), Eric Goldberg (UCCS), Colton Briscoe (UCCS), Andrew McPherson (Bethany College).

New additions:

Joel Trainer (Indiana Wesleyan University), Mitch Lobdell (Indiana Wesleyan University), Matt Friesen (UCCS), Greg Hubbard (Colorado State University), Pat Dwyer (Colorado Springs).

Reloaded and ready for action, the Colorado Blizzard are looking forward to getting the season off to a good start versus their cross State Rivals the Fury.  Since 2007, when the Rocky Mountain Division of the Premier Arena Soccer League came into existence, 2-3 teams have always found them self near the top of the PASL table and this season looks to prove no different.  The Colorado Blizzard sincerely hopes that Soccer Fanatics will come out in great numbers this season to see all of the teams play some really fast paced, exciting Indoor Soccer.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Rocky Mountain Roundup - Week 1

In the opening match of the 2011-12 PASL-Premier Rocky Mountain Division season, hosts Fort Collins Fury took the early division lead by defeating the Edwards Freedom, 8-5. The Fury withstood a first half 3 goal barrage by Duane Pelz of the Freedom to take a narrow 4-3 lead at the break, before pulling away in the second half.

Week two's busy schedule sees the return of the Denver Dynamite, when they travel to the mountains to take on Edwards, kicking off Saturday night at 7pm. At the exact same time, the Colorado Blizzard begin their title defense in Ft Collins against the only team to beat them in the division last year , the Fury (both squads finished 7-1 in the regular season). Sunday night at 6pm, the Dynamite takes their turn visiting Ft. Collins to re-kindle a rivalry with the Fury, who are successors to their original rival, the Colorado Lightning.

This weekend will be a pivotal one for both the Dynamite and Fury, who will each play two games. The Fury need to make the most of their opening 4 game home stand, while the Dynamite hope to start their new era with a bang on their two game road trip. With the top two teams from last year facing off, plus the return of the Dynamite, it promises to be a great weekend of Arena Soccer in Colorado!

Stay tuned, as the Rocky Mountain Roundup will be a season long weekly report on the happenings in the PASL-Premier Rocky Mountain Division.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Season Opener on the Road

Cheer on the Blizzard as they begin their defense of their Rocky Mountain Division Championship this weekend against our cross State Rivals the Fort Collins Fury. Game time is 7pm at Fort Collins Indoor Soccer arena.
Coach Wells, "The Team has been training hard and preparing for our season with some late night training sessions at the Colorado Sports Center in Monument on the new turf. We are looking to play a much different style of Soccer this year as we have added some very strong and skillful players to the team that will make a huge difference for us tactically. Should be fun to watch so we invite everyone to come out and watch your Local Semi-Pro team play this season with our home games starting in January, check out our schedule on the blog home page. Thanks to all of our supporters and we look forward to keeping the Championship in Colorado Springs."

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Blizzard Training Sessions

Colorado Blizzard training sessions are on Tuesday nights from 10pm - 11:30pm at the Colorado Sports Center (Soc n Roll) in Monument Colorado. Training sessions are open to the public. Players wanting to train with the Blizzard should contact Coach Wells, training sessions are by invite only. Come out and watch how a Professional Team trains and watch the players work hard as they strive to improve their game. See you at Training.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

New Colorado Blizzard Looks to Blanket More than the Springs

The Colorado Blizzard have a new Look, New Name and a New Logo as they begin their 2011-12 Premier Arena Soccer League (PASL-Premier) Season looking to claim Back-to-Back-to-Back Rocky Mountain Divisional Championships.

"I wanted the team to have its own identity as an Indoor team, so we changed our name from the Colorado Springs Blizzard to the Colorado Blizzard. By doing this, we can be more identified as a State wide Colorado Team, not just a team from Colorado Springs. I also developed a new logo with a few tweaks by Mac Howell for the team to separate us from my oldOutdoor USL/PDL team and logo. It is my dream to take the Blizzard to the professional ranks of the PASL (Professional Arena Soccer League) in the near future, so I felt it was important to give the team its own Indoor Identity . We hope to make this transition to the Professional level within the next 2 years. " Coach Wells.

The Colorado Blizzard held invite only tryouts this season and there are a few players that have been invited into camp and are serious contenders for making the roster for the season. But for the most part, the Blizzard will be returning with a majority of last season's team that was filled with veteran indoor players such, as Captain Jimmy Wade. Anchoring the back line with John Molet, Eric Goldberg and new comer Greg Hubbard. Then returning in the Midfield are veterans Brian Contreras, Jesse Black, Yves Chinje, Andrew McPherson, Clayton Zelin and Kelly Robinson. Udobong Obotette returns as our #1 forward and willbe joined this season by our latest signing, Joel Trainer who is a graduate of Indiana Weslyn University in Indiana. And always, between the pipes, the Blizzards very own former Indoor National Team Keeper, Justin Dzuba.

Coach Wells goes on to say, "With a few new signings, we look to be even stronger then we were last year. Our trip to KC over the summer to play an exhibition game against the PASL-Pro's Kansas Magic was not only a great trip that produced a great match up with the new professional team, but it also was a good learning curve which has allowed me to bring a new attitude to our team from a Coaching Perspective. We will be playing a whole new style of play this year which should prove to be an exciting brand of Soccer."