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Second Colorado Springs Metro League girls all-star game to take place Saturday

July 7, 2017 Updated: July 7, 2017 at 6:26 pm
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photo - Doherty's Mykiaa Minniss controls the ball during the first half of a game against Rampart on Tuesday, April 25, 2017. Doherty won the game 2-0. Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette
Doherty's Mykiaa Minniss controls the ball during the first half of a game against Rampart on Tuesday, April 25, 2017. Doherty won the game 2-0. Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette 

Before last season, the Colorado Springs Metro League announced its all-conference teams for girls' soccer, and that was it.

Doherty coach Craig Decker and the rest of the conference's coaches decided that wasn't good enough. So, they created an all-star game to give the girls named to the all-conference teams a chance to be commemorated in one final contest.

"The point of the game was to give these girls some recognition," Decker said. "(It's) to let them play in a relaxed environment and just have a good time. It's good to play on a team with girls that you've been battling against all season long. It gives them a different outlook of the game."

Players from all seven of the league's schools will be participating in the game, with the teams being split up as evenly as possible while still keeping players from the same school together.

According to Decker, that's about the extent of the strategy that will be used in Saturday's game - which kicks off at 10 a.m. at District 20 Stadium. Beyond that, Decker expects there to be frequent substitutions to ensure a good experience for all players while also lowering the risk of injuries.

After all, though a good game is preferable for competition's sake, the final score won't be the measure of a successful second edition of the CSML all-star game.

"A tie is a great result for a game like this," Decker said. "But, you know, the best-case scenario for me is the game ends, everybody had a good time, there's no injuries, it was a close game and we do a big picture at the end with all of us together and everybody's smiling."

ROSTERS

RED TEAM

PLAYER, SCHOOL

Jade Odom, Pine Creek

Ashley Beers, Liberty

Kelsei Knoerzer, Pine Creek

Madeline Alhamra, Pine Creek

Beth Duggan, Pine Creek

Payton Smelker, Pine Creek

Haley Murdock, Pine Creek

Torrie Brodish, Pine Creek

Breana Flores, Liberty

Morgan Sibley, Liberty

Carolyn Naftanel, Liberty

Taylor Sibley, Liberty

Alexis Flores, Liberty

Riley Abeyta, Palmer

Jaya Freeman, Fountain-Fort Carson

Shiann Taylor, Fountain-Fort Carson

Alannah Cox, Fountain-Fort Carson

Sydni Maese, Fountain-Fort Carson

BLUE TEAM

PLAYER, SCHOOL

Riley Furbush, Doherty

Sami Sallie, Rampart

Riley Flewelling, Rampart

Hailey Creapo, Rampart

Harmony Meier, Rampart

Katie Wilcox, Rampart

Beacon Meier, Rampart

Melina Burnside, Rampart

Jaelyn Brown, Doherty

Mykiaa Minniss, Doherty

Dee Pickering, Doherty

Chaylaa Minniss, Doherty

Lindsay Thornock, Doherty

Maddi Johnston, Doherty

Taylor Cosgrove, Doherty

Lauren Strizich, Coronado

Amelia Herman, Coronado

Hannah Burgess, Coronado

Brooke Williams, Coronado

Sarah Ford, Coronado

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