The Gazette 2017 Girls' Soccer Coach of the Year: Carisa Whitson, Rampart

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Photo - Carisa Whitson, Rampart-The Gazette 2017 Girls' Soccer Coach of the Year.
Carisa Whitson, Rampart-The Gazette 2017 Girls' Soccer Coach of the Year.

Forget rebuilding.

Rampart's young core shined in what became a breakout season for the Rams (11-5), who won a share of the 5A Colorado Springs Metro League title and earned a postseason berth for the first time since 2012.

"We were really looking for this to be a rebuilding year," said Rampart coach Carisa Whitson, The Gazette Girls' Soccer Coach of the Year. "We have a really young group and because of their youth that's what we were anticipating. That, yeah we were going to have a good year but it would be a steppingstone for the years to come to have those bigger goals in mind."

The future looks even brighter for the Rams, who had eight freshmen and seven sophomores on last season's roster.

"Very exciting for the years to come," Whitson added, "it can only go up from here with this particular group of girls."

Rampart's season highlights included handing Pine Creek its first loss in league since before 2008; winning league for the first time in "30 years or something crazy like that" Whitson said; and earning a 26 seed in the 5A state playoffs before falling to No. 7 Regis Jesuit 2-0.

"Those three monumental things for us this year were pretty big for Rampart," Whitson said.