Eagles finish home tourney with tie, two losses
SPRING VALLEY – A usually even-keel Steve White tried raising his voice to rally his Colorado Mountain College men’s soccer troops, hoping for a better show of aggressive play.Though the move seemed to be at least somewhat effective with his team scoring a late goal to avoid a shutout, his Eagles emerged on the short end of a 3-1 decision with the University of Northern Colorado’s club squad on Sunday to finish out CMC’s home tourney – the Colorado Mountain Cup – with a 0-2-1 record.”The guys are playing better. That’s the frustrating part,” said White, the Eagles’ coach. “That was a little out of character for me (to yell). … These guys have got to learn how to win.”White’s Eagles fell behind 1-0 to the Bears at halftime and then 3-0 by the time 15 minutes remained in the second half. A lack of aggression, and consistency, seemed to be the root of it all.
“You know, we really wanted to win that game,” White said. “If we’d gone 1-1-1, that would have been a success for us.”A goal in the final minute saved CMC from a shutout. A Pat Shepard free kick from just outside the 18-yard box set up a goal by teammate Brian Beddall, who booted home a goal after Shepard’s shot ricocheted off UNC goalkeeper Brent Cordova.And that morning game marked the end of the tournament line for the Eagles, who tied Weber State University’s B club team 1-all on Saturday and lost to Salt Lake Community College 5-1 on Friday.
Interest levels varied from team to team, with many a club team comprising the 10-team men’s division field.UNC’s player-coached club squad could be spotted quoting the cartoon South Park as part of their goofy sideline demeanor. And then there were the more organized varsity teams – such as CMC or Salt Lake. And teams convened on Glenwood from all over the West, with teams from the Front Range, Utah and Wyoming.With stormy weather harassing the state of Colorado and bringing snow to the passes along Interstate 70 between here and Denver, some teams opted to ditch Glenwood early to avoid the possibility of dealing with nasty driving conditions. That whittled an intriguing field of teams some.In the end, it was a club team against a community college for all the marbles in the men’s division – Weber State University’s A team against Salt Lake Community College. Weber State won, 2-1, snapping Salt Lake’s 16-game winning streak that dates back to last season.
Colorado State’s Green and Gold club teams earned a berth in the Colorado Mountain Cup women’s final before deciding they see enough of each other during the season and opting not to play. They opted to share the title rather than play for it, grabbing their plaque and heading back to the Front Range.
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