Arvada soccer teams reload, Golden eyes league title, Lakewood rebuilds

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Alameda

The Pirates finished near the bottom of 4A Jeffco last season but it’s not an indication of how hard they played last season.

Alameda (4-10, 1-6 last season) is one of the most talented young teams in the league that looks on the verge of breaking out. Expect the Pirates to become a force in 4A Jeffco over the next couple seasons.

Arvada

The Bulldogs finished last season at the bottom of the 4A Jeffco standings.

Arvada was competitive all of last season never giving more than seven goals in a game. And even though they struggled, they continued to fight the entire season. The battletested Bulldogs are hoping to get out of the basement of their league this season.

Arvada West

The reigning 5A Jeffco champs (13-3, 7-1 in league) lost 12 seniors to graduation last season. Yet they are expected to still be a force in their league because of their quality depth.  A-West scored 41 goals last season and if they can produce similar firepower this season they may not skip a beat.

Golden

The Demons wrapped up last season as one of the hottest teams in 4A but they still suffered an early playoff exit. This season with a little more seasoning Golden thinks they have what it takes to win a league title. The Demons also have one of the league’s best scorers in senior Diego Ramirez returning.

Green Mountain

The Rams finished right in the middle of the pack of 4A Jeffco last season.

Green Mountain struggled for most of the season last year until the final stretch of the season. Then the Rams suddenly caught fire and won four of five games. If the Rams can build off that run they made to finish the season they will have a chance to be one of the most improved teams in Jeffco.

Faith Christian

The Eagles for several years have been considered one of best programs in all of 3A and that was again the case last season.

After falling just short of the state championship game last season Faith Christian (9-9-1, 6-2) thinks they perhaps have what it takes to win another state title this year.

Senior Cameron Doody returns to lead the Eagles to what could be a monster campaign.

Jefferson

The Saints were one of the great stories in Colorado high school soccer last season and they expect to be the same again this season. Jefferson finished their season winning a league title (13-4-1, 9-0 last season) and went on to make a run in to the quarterfinals in the state tournament. The Saints offense was a juggernaut scoring 61 goals. Returning to that offense is senior Chris Armstrong and his 16 goals last season.

Lakewood

The Tigers are going through a rebuild but along the way they think they can remain competitive. Lakewood graduated 10 seniors but they also had one of the better groups of underclassmen in 5A Jeffco.

Sophomore Charlie Caswell hopes to be one of those young players who can keep the Tigers in the top half of their league standings.

Pomona

The Panthers went unbeaten in over their first four games of last season before coming back down to earth.

But Pomona thinks this season they may have a chance to have an even better start to their season – and hopefully a better finish (5-7-3, 1-5-2, last season). The Panthers players who produced 22 of the 30 goals they scored last year to graduation. If Pomona can find some more firepower they will have a chance to be one of the better teams in 5A Jeffco.

Ralston Valley

The Mustangs found their swagger midway through last season and closed their season losing only three of 12 games.

And even though they lost five seniors to graduation they also had nine underclassmen who gained varsity experience. The Mustangs think they are good enough to win a league title this season.

Wheat Ridge

It took the Farmers a while to get it going but once conference play came last season Wheat Ridge got hot. The Farmers scheduled themselves a brutal nonconference schedule full of 5A opponents and while they struggled once 4A Jeffco league play started they were prepared going unbeaten in their first four league games (5-8-3, 4-2-1, last season).

Wheat Ridge lost its top two goal scorers from last season but expects to have a strong team coming back.

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