Softball Commit Finds First SC-League Title on the Soccer Field
Softball is so last season
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Karlee Salas decided to trade in her softball glove for a pair of goalie gloves in her first and last season of high school soccer. She took on the position after Centennials Girl’s Soccer team graduated their 4-year starting goalkeeper, Mariah Vigil. Salas certainly had some big “cleats” to fill, and has certainly done so in her own softball style.
Her reaction speed is almost killer. She brings the fast pace movement of a third basemen into her 18 yard box. Her ability to read the ball with her hands was a breeze considering she’s been catching balls her entire life anyways.
February 2017 is when Salas had her first encounter with a soccer ball. It’s safe to say it was not love at first kick. Her feet’s capabilities did not quite match her hands, however that was an easy fix for Head Coach Jeff Sterling as he spent the last three month teaching her the proper techniques. “She’s obviously a great athlete but what I like most about Karlee is her attitude. She is always in a good mood and is a competitor,” says Sterling.
Before Karlee Salas took on soccer as a second sport, she was a full-time one sport athlete participating in softball year round. She represented Centennial’s very own softball team, suiting up varsity all four years of her high school career. In her off seasons she played club softball for a local Pueblo team. She is currently committed to Colorado State University- Pueblo to continue her softball career. However the thought of her playing college soccer isn’t as farfetched as the average person may think. “Karlee is remarkable in that she has never played before and has developed into a legitimate goal keeper,” said Jeff Sterling.
So far this season Karlee has lead her team to an 11- 4 record, averaging 4 saves a game, not to mention having six shutouts, landing her and her teammates in the 4A State Playoffs. She also achieved something she thought she would never get a chance at, becoming a South-Central League Champion. She allowed only one goal past her in the SCL Title game against Pueblo West, making 6 crucial saves to help lock in the dub. With the addition of that win and several others, the bulldogs place 17 overall in the class 4A State Playoffs.
Karlee and the lady bulldogs will travel to Glenwood springs where they will take on the demons in the first round of playoffs. The game will kick off at 4pm at Stubler Memorial Field where Salas hopes to pull off another win for the bulldogs and advance to the second round.
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