Steamboat Springs A win and a tie keeps the Steamboat Springs U-16 boys soccer team tied for first-place at the top of the the Western Slope's competitive league standings.
The Steamboat team defeated Real Colorado from Highlands Ranch 2-1 on May 6 and then tied Denver's C & C Havoc on May 7 to improve the local team's record to 6-1-1 for the season.
The Steamboat team collected the win on May 6 behind a first half goal from Todd Bell. Kyle Nelson set up the score by beating the defense around the corner and taking the ball up the side line.
He made a nice crossing pass to Bell who struck the ball nicely sending it past the goal keeper to give the local team a 1-0 lead.
Real Colorado tied the score at one at the end of the first half. The game would remain tight until the closing minutes when Justin John's score gave the Steamboat team the advantage.
The goal was set up on a throw in by Kelly Carlson to Roddy Beall. Beall then headed the ball to a streaking Justin John who was able to beat the goalkeeper for the go-ahead score.
On May 7 Steamboat used a solid passing game to keep Denver's C&C Havoc in check.
Steamboat netted its only goal of the game halfway through the first half. Steamboat moved the ball in a six-player combination which ended when Jamie Jenny pounded the ball into the back of the net.
The Havoc answered with a goal of their own at the end of the frame.
In the second half the defenses of both teams took over. Outstanding play by Beall, Jason Sirois, Ian Ramsey, Jeremy Youngs , Brock Hicks and goalie Chris Gibson kept the Havoc from scoring in the second half. Unfortunately, the Steamboat team couldn't score either and the game ended at 1-1.
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