Soccer team fares well at tourney

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— The Steamboat Springs U-14 girls team is looking to carry on a tradition of winning teams in northern Colorado.

The team took a big step toward that goal June 10 when Jim Dudley's team placed second at the Grand Mesa Invitational, which was played in Grand Junction.

The local girls knocked off teams from New Castle and Craig in the round-robin format. The Steamboat team also kept local fans on the edge of their seats by playing a 0-0 tie with the hometown Grand Mesa team.

Steamboat got two goals from Jenna Conlin, one from Kelly Parnell and another from Stacey Cavanagh.

The offensive attack was supported by Amy Sidinger and Nicole Balvanz.

Steamboat also controlled the midfield with top play from Brittany DeGroff, Kelsey Comeau, Tara Schieder and Casey Garth.

Steamboat lost to Thunder Mountain out of Grand Junction in the championship game in a double-overtime game.

"It was pretty exciting," coach Jim Dudley said of the weekend. "Our players did a great job, they worked hard and did awesome."

Despite losing to the Grand Junction team, the Steamboat coach said he got top defensive play from Kim Smith, Kristyn Bradbury and Tina Roberts. Bradbury did not allow a goal during her time in the net for the weekend.

Other top defensive highlights came from Jennifer Hooper, Allison Lewis and Danielle Tredway, who anchored a stingy defensive effort.

"These girls will be stepping up to the high school level in the next couple of years," Dudley said. "I'm just having a great time coaching them. It's been a lot of fun."

The team will travel to Greeley next week to compete in a tournament there starting June 29. Dudley said the local girls team will also compete in the Steamboat Mountain Invitational, which will take place July 20-23 in Steamboat Springs.

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