Jamie Tatum named Girls Soccer Player of Year

Rock Canyon athlete cited as complete player by her coach

Posted 6/19/18

Jamie Tatum’s scoring statistics aren’t overwhelming, but the Rock Canyon senior midfield soccer player showed the ability to produce when it counted. Tatum, who will continue playing at the next …

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Jamie Tatum named Girls Soccer Player of Year

Rock Canyon athlete cited as complete player by her coach

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Jamie Tatum’s scoring statistics aren’t overwhelming, but the Rock Canyon senior midfield soccer player showed the ability to produce when it counted.

Tatum, who will continue playing at the next level at the University of Wyoming, was the Continental League’s second leading scorer with 13 goals and seven assists for 33 points.

Ponderosa sophomore Jazlynn Ellis led the league with 48 points on 22 goals and four assists.

Tatum, however, was hard to contain late in the stretch run of the season during Rock Canyon’s playoff push and has been selected as the 2018 Colorado Community Media South Metro Girls Soccer Player of the Year.

“Ellis was a prolific scorer in our league and was our league’s Player of the Year,” said Rock Canyon coach Mat Henbest. “I truly believe Jamie Tatum is a complete player. Jamie scored in each of our four games in the state tournament and certainly did come through and lift our team as we made our run to the semifinals.

“We lost in OT to Broomfield where Jamie was able to score for us. Jamie Tatum is worthy of the South Metro Girls Player of the Year.”

In the final seven games of the season that included four Class 5A playoff games, Tatum had the game-winning goal or assisted on the game-winning goal in six of those games. And she had a goal in the 3-2 semifinal setback to Broomfield.

“It was my senior year and it felt like I had been with the team for a while,” said Tatum. I was happy with the season. I played better and definitely helped the three freshmen that started practically every game for us.

“I tried to make sure they were in the right mindset.”

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