Photo by Matt Stensland
Steamboat Springs men's soccer player Rusty Davison gets ready to pass the ball Saturday afternoon during Steamboat's match against Vail at Christian Heritage School.
Steamboat Springs Playing one of the premier club soccer teams in the state, Steamboat Pacific fell to Pepe's of Vail, 4-2, on Saturday at the Christian Heritage School field.
Despite great opportunities - including several in the final 15 minutes of the game - Steamboat couldn't capitalize.
"I think you saw that happen"
Saturday, Steamboat captain Danny Tebbenkamp said. "We don't really have a true finisher. We have a lot of guys that can each score on a certain day. It will just take more time on the practice field."
More time would certainly be a good thing for Steamboat. The team originally was scheduled to play in a league in Craig, but when that folded Steamboat had to find other games.
Tebbenkamp said despite having regular practices, the team really hasn't had a competitive game since May.
"We just need to find a rhythm," Tebbenkamp said.
Steamboat had it going early when Kyle Nelson put Steamboat ahead 1-0 in the 15th minute.
Vail rallied to take a 2-1 lead at halftime, the last goal coming off a deflection.
Steamboat's Silas Cammer scored the equalizer just minutes into the second half. Cammer made a run up the left side, beating two defenders and popping the ball over the Vail goalkeeper's head.
Vail scored the game-winner minutes later when a corner kick deflected into the net. Steamboat had two more chances, the first coming on a corner kick when a Vail defender headed the ball away before it could find the net.
With Steamboat pressing, Vail scored on a cross from the top of the right box to the left post to make it 4-2.
"I think we were tired and pushing up," Tebbenkamp said. "But for a team like us getting back into the soccer scene up here, it's not a bad showing."
Tebbenkamp said he wasn't sure when Steamboat Pacific's next game would be. The team could play El Mexico from Craig on Saturday.
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