CMC Spring Valley Campus’ club soccer tournament an all-around success |

CMC Spring Valley Campus’ club soccer tournament an all-around success

Anthony DionGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Kelley Cox Post

SPRING VALLEY, Colorado – Colorado Mountain College hosted 16 teams over the weekend in its annual college club soccer tournament that has won over many players and fans alike.

After a total of 30 games were played, two teams emerged tournament champs – Colorado University black for the men’s division and Western Wyoming Community College in the women’s division.The tournament’s host didn’t fair too badly either. In the midst of a rough season, the Eagles rose to the challenge over the weekend. CMC finished 1-0-2 in group play on Saturday, putting themselves atop the Blue Division and in the first place game against Western State.Of the 16 teams in the tournament, 12 were men’s and four were women’s squads. The 12 men’s teams were broken into two divisions, Gold (eight teams) and Blue (four teams). In the eight team Gold Division, there were two four-team groups and the first place team in each group played for the tournament championship while the second place teams faced each other for third and so on.

After going through group play undefeated, Colorado University Black played Weber State from Group A and beat them in penalty kicks after a 1-1 tie. It was a well-played, highly-contested match between two very good club soccer teams which showcased exactly what the tournament is all about.”Absolutely,” CMC assistant coach John Inglehart replied when asked whether the tournament was a success. “There was a lot of high level soccer. The tournament is a high point in our season every year. We look forward to hosting all the different teams and players, and for a lot of the other coaches it’s a highlight of their season as well. It went off without a hitch, and we were all very happy about it.”Meanwhile, the women’s championship game ended in a 1-0 win for Western Wyoming CC as they battled against CU.

Inglehart, however, was most excited about the play of his Eagles squad.After they dropped a close, hard-fought game with Salt Lake CC on Friday night, 2-0, in a game that preceded the tournament, the Eagles played very well in group play of the Blue Division.Grouped with Western State, Air Force Prep Academy and Colorado State University C team, the Eagles emerged undefeated after group play. They beat Western State 3-1, tied the Falcons – a team they had lost to earlier in the season – 2-2 and then finished with a 1-1 tie against CSU C team. That gave them a berth in the first place final against Western State, and, despite losing, 1-0, the outcome of the tournament was a wonderful success.”We were pretty proud of our guys … being undefeated until the final,” Inglehart said. “They played better this weekend than they had all season.”

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