MHS ladies soccer season ends


Josie Coulter and Makayla Milsap pose for a photo on their senior night.

Chelsea Garcia, Sports Reporter

The Montrose High School girls soccer team season  has ended with a  10-5 record and made it into the second round of State playoffs. The team has won games against Widefield, Coronado, Coal Ridge, Eagle Valley, Delta, Grand Junction, Palisade, GSHS, lost games against Fruita, Durango, and GJCHS.

The two outstanding seniors, Josie Coulter and Makayla Milsap were honored April 26 at the last home game. These two players are easily recognized on the field this season  with their strong effort and competitiveness.

One noticeable senior on the field this season has been Josephine Coulter (Josie). This season Coulter’s stats for the Indians include scoring 10 goals and assisting 7 goals.Coulter began playing soccer at five years old with Montrose soccer teams including the Avalanche soccer club until she was 13 years old when she began playing for Grand Junction Fire FC. Some of Coulter’s favorite Memories with Montrose High School have included hanging out and playing with her teammates.

“I have a lot of amazing memories. I think some of my favorites were my freshman year and hanging out with the juniors and seniors and getting to be a freshman on varsity with quickly earned respect after I’d gone on a four goal run in my first game. I also think this year I’ve created a lot of awesome memories and chemistry with the girls as the senior,” Coulter said. “I’m constantly impressed by them and this group of girls is one of the funniest and most loving groups I’ve ever played with.” 

Josie’s has been a leader to her teammates, and they have looked up to her not only for her soccer skills but also her strong kind personality. 

“Josie sets an example as a teammate. She loves her team so much and makes sure to show how much she loves them every minute of every day,”  junior Captain Natalie Hernandez said.  “As her teammate and co-captain I’ve experienced that love first hand and it’s just so soothing. She radiates her passion and happiness and makes the sport just so much more enjoyable.”

During Coulter’s soccer career she has looked up to her older sister, Emily Coulter.

“She is the main reason I ever even tried soccer. I always wanted to be just like her and so I chose to walk in her shoes and play soccer,” Josie said. 

She has always helped me and been the person I strive to be. She’s always the one pushing me to be better and telling me straight up how I could improve and I value that so much. 

After high school Coulter will be attending Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado where she will continue her soccer career and attend college.

Another noticeable player on the field is Makayla Milsap. 

Milsap began playing soccer in elementary school for rec teams and in 5th grade began playing competitively with the Avalanche soccer club. 

Her favorite memories playing with Montrose High School are the teams she has played with and bus trips.

“We always had so much fun playing different games and listening to music. I also love how every single year the team always had your back no matter what,” Milsap said. 

During Milsap’s soccer career Milsap has looked up to her teammate, Josephine Coulter.

“During my soccer career I always looked up to Josie Coulter because she was my best friend and got me started in playing Avalanche soccer,” Milsap said. “She has pushed me every year to keep doing my best and she is so amazing to play with because as a back defender and her being a wide striker in front of me, she never fails to talk to me and help me change things up on the field and even make great plays.” 

“Makayla is a person who loves to have fun. She always shows up to practice ready to play. Everyday she comes with a smile on her face and another joke to make. Everyone really enjoys her sense of humor and I’m glad I could be apart of her senior year.” Sophomore Kenzie Bush said.

“Makayla is so much fun to be around and a great inclusion to the team. She knows how to pick players up when they’re down and listens to others critiques while knowing how to give others critiques in a positive way. She is well adapted to every situation and a great role model,” junior Alicea Vigil said.

Milsap plans on attending West Texas A&M and plans on going to school for agribusiness and radiology. 

“I’m not a hundred percent sure on what I’m going to major in yet  it will be an amazing and fun experience.”