Steamboat Springs Bo Stempel knew there were a lot of good players on the U10 team he was coaching at last weekend’s Colorado Youth Soccer Cup at the Gates Soccer Complex, but he said he still was a little surprised when the team advanced to Sunday’s championship game.
“I knew we had a lot of good players, but I also knew that we only had two substitutes,” Stempel said. “I knew that we would have to play five games to win the title, and I wasn’t sure when we would run out of gas. In the fifth game, we were dead on our feet, but the guys dug deep and showed a lot of heart.”
The Steamboat team finished pool play with a 2-1 record and went on to win a thrilling 4-3 contest in the semifinals against Wheat Ridge to advance to the finals late Sunday afternoon.
Stempel said the Steamboat players were tired headed into the finals but managed to score four goals en route to topping the Trebol Rapids, 4-2, and earning the recreational division title at the tournament.
Steamboat’s scoring attack was led by Decker Dean, but Trey Seymour, Wyatt Stempel, Tallak Myhre, Murphy Bohlmann and Cole Puckett also scored goals during the weekend.
Bohlmann was the primary goalkeeper for the Steamboat team.
Robert Harnick, Chase Seymour, Hudson Heil and Addison Sandvik rounded out the team.
Blair Seymour, recreational director for the Steamboat Springs Youth Soccer Association, said seven Steamboat teams played in the tournament at the Gates Soccer Complex in Centennial: two U9 girls teams, two U9 boys teams, two U10 boys teams (including Stempel’s group), and a U10 girls team.
Steamboat’s other U10 boys team also enjoyed a solid run at the tournament.
The team won the first three games before being knocked off in the semifinals by the Trebol Rapids, 3-1.
The Trebol Rapids advanced to play the other Steamboat team in the finals.
“We were really hoping for a Steamboat vs. Steamboat championship game, but it didn’t happen,” Stempel said.
The young Steamboat Springs soccer teams have been practicing twice a week since mid-August to prepare for the CYS Cup.
Stempel said his team would continue to practice. However, for most of the teams, the tournament marked the end of the season.