After a 9-1-0 Southwestern League record gave the Durango High School girls soccer team its third league crown in four years, the league's coaches made sure they were well represented on the All-SWL team.
The Demons landed four players on the 11-person first team, and one on the second, and senior forward Neely Surmeier earned Player of the Year honors for the first time after posting five goals and three assists in 2010.
"I was surprised that the other coaches voted (Surmeier) in, because often (the voting) is stat driven," DHS coach Aaron Eldridge said Monday afternoon. "Neely's given us four years of hard work, doing all the little things that we need to win."
Surmeier, defender Kelly Fuge, midfielder Kelsey McLean and forward Brooke Milliet, whose 10 goals and five assists led the Demons, earned first-team honors, while midfielder Morgan Gurule, a Fort Lewis College-signee, landed on the second team.
Those five were selected from the nine players nominated by Eldridge. Coaches are allowed to nominate an unlimited amount of players for the honor, and then the SWL coaches vote for who they feel are deserving of league acclaim. Coaches are not allowed to vote for their own players, and the player with the most votes is named top player.
Durango's four first-teamers were the most of any team. League runner-up Grand Junction had three players on each team for the most players overall, and coach Adrea Tilford broke Eldridge's string of three consecutive Coach of the Year awards.
"I voted for her," Eldridge said of Tilford. "She's done a great job building their program over the last two or three years."
Fuge was a slightly surprising pick. She was placed on the top squad despite an ACL tear that ended her season after four league games.
"One of the reasons I nominated (Fuge) was the consistency she had had throughout the years without much recognition," Eldridge said. "Unfortunately, an injury took her season away."
Eldridge said while five was a good number, he feels there were other Demons deserving of recognition. He added he thought Gurule was more than a second-team player.
"I feel that Morgan on the second team feels like it doesn't appreciate the consistency that she has given to our season," he said.
But in the end, Eldridge is happy for the Demons that ended up getting recognized.
"I can't complain about that," he said.