Rocky Mountain Division

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Early Blizzard Scare Turned into a Wake Up Call Playing the Blues

From the opening whistle the Oskar Blues FC players were pressing the issue and put the Blizzard back on their heels as they saw Oskar jump out to a 3-1 lead at the end of the 1st qtr. At the beginning kickoff of the second qtr Oskar caught the Blizzard defenders sleeping and was able to put a ball in behind them and allowed an Oskar player to touch a ball over the Blizzard keeper to make it 4-1. Every time the Blizzard would pull one back the Blues would answer with another goal to keep the pressure on and maintain a 3 goal lead. It was obvious the Blues were ready for the League leading Blizzard as the mounted an 8-5 lead going into the 4th qtr. After a very brisk discussion between the end of the 3rd and the beginning of the 4th qtr Coach Wells challenged the Blizzard to see what they were made of and prove why they were the RMD Champions and National Runner up.

Coach Wells, " We were playing on our heels all night and when you are playing against a good side like the Oskar Blues you ca not afford to have that many giveaways, they capitalized on every errand pass and were doubling every ball which led to dribbling errors by players that know better then to dribble to much. Indoor is about quick passing and pushing the pace forward toward the goal and they were not allowing us to do that. We made some adjustments beginning the 4th qtr and began to take what they were giving us and were able to tie the game at 8-8 with 2 minutes left and then Eric Goldberg was able to get in deep and score what was to be the winning goal and allowed us to clinch the RMD. As a Coach it is nice to see what kind of Heart your players have and on this night they had to dig deep against a very good Oskar Blues FC team, they are a very good team for being a new team in the league and they will be a force to deal with every year. Can't beat a come back Win on the Road. "

The Return leg on Saturday night saw the Blizzard a bit more prepared for the Blues and jumped out to an early lead with a goal by Yves Chinje in the 1st qtr. The Blizzard looked more like the Blizzard on this night as they never looked back once they got their first goal even after allowing the Blues to tie it up at 1-1. The Blizzard were playing their game on Saturday after being taken off guard on Friday night up in Longmont and began their fast paced passing and moving as they saw the lanes open up and built a 2 goal lead at half time 3-1. The Blizzard defense showed up to this game looking like the Blizzard we all know being stingy around their goal as they shut out the Blues in the 2nd and 3rd qtrs not allowing any goals and the blizzard had built a 5-1 lead at the end of the 3rd qtr. After putting 2 more goals in and making the score 7-1 the Oskar Blues were not looking to fold as they began a barrage of offensive attacks which saw them put in 2 quick goals to make it 7-3 with 2 minutes left, the highlight of the night was when a Blues Player brought a ball down out of the air near mid field and hit a volley that found the upper corner of the goal which silenced the wild Blizzard Crowd of about 300+ fans. Even the Blizzard players were stunned and impressed with the quality of the strike. The Blizzard then shut down the blues attack and were able to run out the clock and end the game at 7-4. The Celebration then began as the Blizzard captured their 5th RMD title, 1 summer and 4 winter league titles in a row. 

Coach Wells " What a way to finish the regular season with 2 quality games with a very quality opponent. We had no idea what to expect from the Blues we had not been able to get out and see them play at all this season, our schedules always conflicted. They are a quality team with a very experienced Coaching Staff, Peter has been around the game as long as I have, we used to Coach against one another  in the PDL Outdoor League. It was an exciting weekend of Indoor Soccer, I hope our many Fans had a good time watching us go Undefeated at Home this year and 3-1 on the Road. Thanks to all our fans and supporters and to our Lead Sponsor this year - Renewal By Anderson Window Company. We hope to go to Chicago in March and bring a National Championship back to the Rocky Mountain Division."

You can keep up with the Blizzard's games and scores on the website and or on the Colorado Blizzard facebook page, Nationals are the weekend of March 15,16 in Chicago, IL. Hosted by the PASL Pro league leading franchise the Chicago Mustangs. 

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Time on Their Side - Blizzard Escape a Dynamite Blast

In front of a crowd of 200+ the Colorado Blizzard were looking to revenge their only loss from last season at home against the Denver Dynamite.

After a very fast paced physical 3 quarters of play, the Blizzard had built an 8-4 lead just to watch it pulled back by a very impressive offensive barrage by the Dynamite's Tony Avery to tie the game at 8-8.

The Blizzard with 2:45 left in the game was penalized with a 6th foul that put the dynamite on a power play but just 50 seconds in committed their 6th foul and with 12 seconds left and a 3 line violation from the Denver goalie gave the Blizzard a power play opportunity from the yellow line.

Zane Dydasco hit a shot that bent around the wall and in the top corner of the goal for what was the game winner. The Dynamite did get a final shot past Michael Archuleta; but he got just enough, so it did not cross the line before the final buzzer sounded.

Coach Wells, "I told the players in the locker room before the game that Tony Avery was dangerous and he would be the key for the Dynamite and he did not disappoint. It was a collective win as we spread the goals and assists out amongst several players which is good, now we just need to get back to defending in the 4th qtr. We usually put teams away in the 4th qtr. not let them back in the game. Something to work on this week at training. Thanks to all our fans that came out for an exciting match. "

The Blizzard (5-0) have a short road trip to the other side of Colorado Springs to take on the Rocky Mountain Bighorns (1-3) for their final of two meetings this season at Colorado Springs Premier Sports for a 9:30PM kickoff as they look to lock in another Rocky Mountain Division title.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

One 'Play' was Enough for the Blizzard to 'Down' Football Club Denver

Most of the Blizzard team showed up early enough to be able to sit in the Westminster Sports Center and watch the Denver Bronco game. Coach Wells was hoping for a Bronco win not because he is a Bronco fan but because several of his players are Bronco fans and them winning would help put them into a good frame of mind for their game. Only seeing FC Denver once this season on the schedule made this game even more important in the standings as last year the Blizzard were able to hold off FC Denver by giving them 2 loses so this was a very important game for the Blizzard to maintain control of the Rocky Mountain Division. 

Coach Wells, " We came here tonight expecting a physical game and FC Denver did not disappoint, their size and outdoor physicality always causes problems for any team especially on their Home field. Their size alone and style of play is difficult to prepare for so we tried to keep the ball moving and wear them down having to chase the ball. We allowed them back into the match when we tried to slow the game down which is something I'd rather not do, this is Indoor Soccer and I want the pace to be high the entire 60 minutes. We will be addressing that this week in training. Overall a great win on the road in a very tuff facility to play in against a good team in FC Denver. We hope to see everyone out this weekend at our next Home game on Saturday for a 7:40pm kickoff against our rivals from the North the Denver Dynamite."

The Colorado Blizzard wish to extend our thoughts and prayers to the Denver Dynamite Player Ryan Truxal who sustained a serious ankle injury during last Saturday nights match against the Bighorns. Coach Wells and several Blizzard Players were in attendance when it happened. We wish him a very speedy recovery. 

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Blizzard Prove too Fierce for Rocky Mountain Bighorns

In front of a crowd of around 300+ on Saturday night the Colorado Blizzard were looking to start 2014 where they left off in 2013 with a big win. Facing our new in town rivals the Rocky Mountain Bighorns the Blizzard were anticipating a good physical match, and that is what we got.

After setting the tone with an early goal within the first 23 seconds of the game the Blizzard didn't look back as they continued to display their strong total team defending and keeping the bighorns out of the net time and time again.   The Blizzard continued their up tempo high paced style of play and it proved to be too much for the Bighorns defense.  It was no difference for their offense as well as Blizzard goalie Michael Archuleta boasted 22 saves with a 96% save percentage ; only conceding one goal late in the game with 1:23 left in the 4th.

" We were a little off tonight around the goal area and missed some really good goal scoring opportunities that we normally would finish, but a Win is a Win and if you can have an off night and still come out with a Win I will take it. Thanks to all the fans that came out for the game and Thanks to ESPN Radio and Chris Braden and Binny Basham for having me on their radio show last week promoting the PASL and the Colorado Blizzard. Hope to see more fans at all the Rocky Mountain Divisional Games." Coach Wells

The Blizzard move north this Sunday to face FC Denver (1-1) at the Westminster Sports Center for a 4:30PM kickoff as they look to continue their win streak and lead in the Rocky Mountain Division