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Soccer team under new direction

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By Brian Forbes

A lot of events conspired to make Peter Jeans arguably one of the better coaches to be found this offseason for the Evergreen boys soccer team.

Having lived in Colorado for the past 11 years, eight of which in Evergreen, Jeans has taken his experience as a former player at national power Stanford to become a club coach with Rush and Stingers. A desire to have his Saturdays free so he could spend more time with his own children — and the desire to become a teacher — made taking the Evergreen coaching job pretty easy.

The Cougars will also be Jeans’ first foray into high school coaching. And he inherits a talented group that includes nine seniors, two juniors, six sophomores and three freshmen.

“I think we have a relatively skilled group,” Jeans said. “We have a lot of speed. We don’t have a lot of size; we have a very good, diverse mix of ages.”

The Cougars hope to take advantage of their technical players and speed this season, and figure to attack out of either a 3-5-2 or the standard 4-4-2 formation.

Three of those talented seniors that should play big roles for the Cougars this season are central midfielder Caleb Downey, and forwards Chris Roggow and Matt Prouty.

Eight of those nine seniors were on varsity last year and Jeans figures they are itching for the success that has so far been elusive.

“There’s a lot of talent,” Jeans said. “We only have two teams, but we had a lot of competition for those two teams.”

Speaking of competition, the Cougars and the rest of the Class 4A Jefferson County League field figure to be chasing after favorite Wheat Ridge. Golden and Conifer also loom large for the Cougars, who were defeated in the first round of the state playoffs last season by Eagle Valley.