Ex-Sailor aims at NCAA title

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On Friday, when the University of Puget Sound takes on Messiah College in the semifinals of the Division 3 Final Four soccer championships, the Fritz family in Steamboat Springs will be pulling for the Washington state team.

That's because Jessica Fritz, a 2001 graduate of Steamboat Springs High School, will be playing for the Puget Sound Loggers as they attempt to win the NCAA Division 3 tournament, which will be held in Greensboro, N.C.

Fritz is part of the Loggers' defensive unit, which gave up just five goals and recorded 17 shutouts this season

Fritz, who is an all-conference second-team selection, has scored two goals and had an assist in her senior year.

Puget Sound earned the invitation to the Final Four after knocking off Washington University, 3-0, in the quarterfinals last weekend.

Puget Sound is a 2,900-student university in Tacoma, Wash. The Loggers, who finished the 2004 campaign with a 21-1-1 record, will face Messiah College, a 2,900-student school from Pennsylvania in one of two semifinal games Friday.

The other semifinal game will feature Wheaton, Ill., (23-1-0) taking on Wheaton, Mass., (23-0-2) for the chance to advance to the finals.

The winners of those games will advance to the championship contest Saturday.

Fritz was a standout soccer player when she attended Steamboat Springs High School from 1998 to 2001. She was a member of the Steamboat Springs High School girls state championship team in 1998. She was named to the Western Slope's all conference team twice and was an all-state honorable mention in high school. She also earned all-state and all-conference honors in volleyball when she was in high school.

-- To reach John F. Russell call 871-4209

or e-mail jrussell@steamboatpilot.com

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