HS Soccer: Fruita Monument looks for first playoff victory in 12 seasons

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) UPDATE: Game between Fruita Monument and Arapahoe moved to CMU's Walker Field. The playoff game will still be played Thursday at 4:00 PM.

The Fruita Monument soccer team put out an impressive performance through their regular season journey, racking up 9 shutout victories (8 of those coming against conference opponents) while finishing with just one tie and no losses.

Now they're getting set to play the Arapahoe Warriors for round one of the playoffs, but a win right off has been tough to come by for the Wildcats.

In fact, they haven't moved ahead since 2001, when their current assistant coach Cody Davis was playing for the team.

"Our sophomore year we made it to the playoffs, and we were able to make it past round one, played the number one team in the state Smoky Hill, and that was the last time Fruita Monument's done that, so hopefully we can do that again," said former player and current assistant coach Cody Davis.

Fruita Monument has continued to showcase their talent year after year, but bringing home a victory come the post-season hasn't been a walk in the park.

"I've been on varsity for three years and every year we've been in playoffs, but I've never made it past the first round," said captain and senior Cory Odom.

"We've grown a lot better," said senior scoring leader Wesley Padgett. "We beat some teams early on in the season but we're really more of a team now that we're ready for the playoffs."

"They just keep bonding every day," said head coach Daniel McKee. "Every practice they get a little bit tighter. They play together as a team better and they've learned how to do everything that we expect them to do."

The last three seasons, Fruita has entered as the bottom seed. This time around they take the 15th slot, three seeds ahead of their opponent, but don't let the numbers fool you.

"Soccer's different on the Western Slope than it is on the Eastern Slope," said Davis. "We're going to have to play possession, we're going to have to slow down the game and take advantage of opportunities."

"They're going to look at our top scorers and think that's our offense and try to shut that down, but i think we also have some other weapons that we can use against them," said Odom.

Weapons that will hopefully translate into a win as they look to rewrite history.

"We're a school of 17-1,800, playing against schools of 4-5,000," said Davis, "so it's an extreme accomplishment to go in there and play against these guys and to beat them at that."

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