David Comeau

Photo by John F. Russell

David Comeau

Former Sailors soccer standout Comeau helps CU win title

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— Soccer is more than just a game for Steamboat Springs’ David Comeau. It’s his passion.

That passion helped lead Comeau and his University of Colorado at Boulder club soccer team to Phoenix on Nov. 20 where they defeated Missouri, 3-1, to win the 2010 NCCS National Soccer Championship.

“It was really exciting to bring home the national championship,” the senior midfielder said. “We had a really talented team, and we had high expectations headed into the tournament.”

Comeau was a standout player for Steamboat Springs High School from 2003 to 2006. He spent his freshman year at the University of Colorado recovering from an injury but returned to play on the club soccer program in Boulder during his sophomore, junior and senior years.

Rob Bohlmann, who coached Comeau in high school, was thrilled to hear that one of his former players was a part of the team that earned the national title.

“He’s a great player, and being a part of that team must have been a great experience,” Bohlmann said.

Colorado was one of 14 teams to advance to the elimination round of the national tournament. It defeated Michigan, 1-0; Northwestern, 3-0; and Arizona, 4-1, en route to the title game in the championship division.

“It was fantastic to see that team play for the national championships,” said Alec Nelson.

Nelson played for Steamboat Springs High School from 2002 to 2005 and spent a year at the University of Puget Sound before coming back to Colorado and enrolling at CU.

Nelson played for CU’s “black” team, which competed in the open division at the tournament. That team lost, 2-0, in the quarterfinals to eventual champions Cal Poly. Despite falling short of his goal of winning the tournament, Nelson said he was thrilled to have the opportunity to watch his teammates win the title in the higher division.

“David is a quality player, and I was really happy to see him win the title,” Nelson said. “I was proud to have him represent Steamboat Springs and the University of Colorado.”

— To reach John F. Russell call 871-4209 or e-mail jrussell@steamboatpilot.com

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