NIWOT — Season C is a shorter run for boys soccer teams in Colorado, so the Niwot squad is wasting no time trying to find its form.
Less than two weeks in and somehow nearly halfway through the Season C campaign, the Cougars (3-1, 3-0) have outscored their first four opponents 27-4. That differential ballooned following a 10-1 victory over Longs Peak League foe Riverdale Ridge (0-1, 0-1) on Thursday.
Through the team’s first four games in 2021, already eight Niwot players have more than one goal.
“You can tell these guys like to play for each other,” Niwot head coach Stephen Dimit said. “There was a lot of unselfish play out there today; a lot of guys trying to serve up each other some opportunities, which is great to see.”
Aidan Martin and Ashton Campie, who now share the team lead with five goals apiece, each had a hat trick for the Cougars, who are currently ranked No. 10 in the CHSAANow.com poll. Tavan Karbassi, Kaiden Waterman, Azael Marrufo and Connor Grant all found the back of the net on Thursday.
Keegan Stobbe, who entered Thursday’s game with a team-leading eight points that included three goals and two assists, added a pair of assists to his total and Jett Feiner had three. The Cougars have now assisted one another on 23 of their 27 goals in Season C.
“I’m glad that Ashton got a hat trick because this is his first year on varsity and he’s already scored five goals, which is awesome,” Martin said. “Everyone is scoring this year and that’s really good. We’re really well-rounded and ever since my freshman year, we’ve been growing as a group. Everyone’s getting touches on the ball and getting goals, so that’s been really fun.”
The Cougars will continue the 2021 season with an away game at Thompson Valley on Tuesday. Martin said he thinks a big part of the Cougars’ early success is how many of their players were able to play with their club teams in the offseason, and they hope that continues to benefit them moving forward.
“It’s been a long wait but a lot of us have been doing club and think that’s helped us a lot against some of the teams who haven’t,” Martin said. “I think having a little bit of a period where we could still play has been a huge role in where we’re at now. But it’s really exciting to be back at high school soccer because it’s super fun.”