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Eagles women’s soccer tourney on tap

Staff Report

Colorado Mountain College won’t have a team in this weekend’s Eagle Invitational women’s soccer tournament, but the event won’t be totally without local talent.

The 10-team Eagle Invitational, which begins Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at the Gates Soccer Fields on the CMC-Spring Valley campus, brings together some of the top collegiate-level talent in the state.

Among the players making the trip is former Glenwood Springs High School standout Sarah Cunningham. Cunningham, who graduated from Glenwood Springs in 2002 and was a former co-captain of the team, plays for the Colorado State Green squad. CSU Green opens at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday against the University of Colorado Black squad.

Former CMC team captain Sarah Hopkins, who still spends her summers in Glenwood, is also slated to compete for the Western State squad.

But, whether going out to see the players with local ties, or just to see soccer, tournament organizer Steve White believes the skill level should make it an exceptional opportunity for any soccer fan.

“I think it’s an interesting time,” White said. “The women’s World Cup is being played this week so we’ve got a women’s tournament locally that brings in some of the best college players in Colorado.

“I want the public to get out and enjoy the games,” he added. “We are bringing in a high level of soccer for the public and it’s an enjoyable place to spend the weekend and watch some soccer.”

The event is free, with games running throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday. Pool play ends after a pair of noon games on Sunday, followed by the championship and third-place contests at 3 p.m.

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