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3 Steamboat Soccer Club squads grab championships in annual Mountain Tournament

Ben Ingersoll

— The Steamboat Springs Soccer Club had five of its teams in the 25 championship games played Sunday at the 30th Steamboat Mountain Soccer Tournament. The home teams grabbed a trio of victories and suffered a pair of losses by the narrowest margins.

Steamboat dominated the oldest class — the boys and girls U19 division— during the four-day tournament with a pair of first-place finishes.

The Soccer Club's U19 boys rebounded from its Thursday night opening loss, a 2-1 defeat to Red Hot FC, but recovered nicely, grabbing a win Friday against the Pumas, 2-1, and then beating Frontier Academy High School, 4-1, on Saturday. The back-to-back victories sent Steamboat to Sunday's championship game, where they recorded a narrow 1-0 victory against Red Hot.

The Steamboat U19 girls — playing in a two-group field — had a similar road to the finals.

Steamboat managed a 1-1 draw in its Group A opener Thursday against the Riverside Renegades but improved to 2-0-1 on Saturday with a pair of lopsided wins against St. Thomas More Caveliers (3-0) and Hawks Dynamite (6-0).

Steamboat's wins landed it a date with Group B's champion, Real Colorado Edge, as the home team cruised to a 2-0 victory at Emerald to take the championship title.

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Steamboat's other winning side came from the U14 boys club, which delivered the victory in most impressive fashion. Steamboat ran a perfect 4-0 schedule during the weekend, winning its two Friday contests by a combined nine goals, then edging Indios, 1-0, on Saturday en route to a 2-1 championship clincher against Indios again.

"It was a phenomenal tournament from all perspectives," Steamboat Soccer Club Director Rob Bohlmann said Monday. "With our boys sides getting into the finals and the U19s’ and U14’s wins, it creates some great energy as they head into the high school preseason” next month.

Steamboat's U16 boys and U12 Navy Girls each made the finals in their respective classes but saw one-goal defeats on the tournament's final day.

The U16 Steamboat boys went 1-1 on Friday, dropping their first contest to Colorado Ice, 1-0, before getting back on the winning track later in the day with a 2-0 shutout of Trebol Black. Steamboat won its group championship on Saturday, 2-1, but was again edged by Colorado Ice, 1-0, in Sunday's finals.

The U12 Navy girls opened the weekend tournament a perfect 3-0, winning by a three-game combined score of 8-1. But Sunday's game against NTX of Texas ended in a heartbreaker, as Steamboat saw a final-minutes free kick converted against it for a 3-2 loss.

"This year was definitely one of our most successful showings in a tournament as a club," Steamboat Soccer Club technical director Hobey Early said. "In addition to that, it was one of the bigger tournaments ever, really."

With the addition of some Thursday night contests, as well as an expanded format for the U11 squads with the option of playing 8-on-8 or the standard 11-on-11, the Mountain Soccer Tournament drew 147 teams in all, with representatives from Colorado's mountain region and the Front Range, as well as teams from states such as Texas, Utah and Nebraska.

The Steamboat Soccer Club's competitive teams return for the fall season the week of Aug. 11.

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