Speed, Blowdown teams off to Nortel Cup

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— Two local youth soccer teams are heading into a competition known as the Nortel Cup with a lot of early season success.

The Steamboat Speed U-13 girls soccer team, coached by Rick Garth, won the Glenwood Springs Invitational over Memorial Day weekend.

They went 4-0 in the tourney, including a 4-1 victory over the Colorado Extreme in the finals.

The Extreme hail from the north metro area of Denver.

Glenwood marked the first outdoor tourney of the year for the Speed, who will now prepare for the Nortel Cup later this month.

Meanwhile, the Steamboat Blowdown U-11 boys soccer team, coached by Dave Batson, made it to the finals at the Riverside-Fort Logan tourney over Memorial Day weekend.

The Blowdown finished second in the tourney after falling in the championship game to the Pride Coyotes of Colorado Springs, 1-0.

Local player Aaron Calkins was aggressive at the goalie position in the championship, Batson said.

"He saved a penalty kick in the final game," Batson said. "He is just a real, real strong player."

Batson said his team is off to a good start as it heads into the Nortel Cup at Highlands Ranch June 14-17.

Several players on the Speed elevated their game at Glenwood, Garth said.

Those players were Jessie Dover, Jamie Jones, Casey Garth, Amanda Flanagan and Kelsey Batson.

The Speed competed in the 14-and-under age division at Glenwood, Garth said.

"We changed our team's defensive tactics this spring and I was very impressed with how well they did with the new system of play," Garth said.

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