Major quantities of soccer on tap in this weekend’s CMC Invitational Tournament |

Major quantities of soccer on tap in this weekend’s CMC Invitational Tournament

Post Independent/Kelley Cox

Soccer. Soccer. And more Soccer.That’s going to be the scene this weekend in Spring Valley as 24 college clubs convene at Gates Soccer Park for the 2006 Colorado Mountain College Invitational Tournament. And the best part of the two-day soccerama for spectators is that admission is free.The 16-team men’s division features teams from Colorado, Utah and Wyoming. That division is so large, tournament coordinator Steve White has divided the 16 squads into two separate divisions. Each will crown a divisional champion.The host Eagles have been placed in Group B of the White Division. They open the tournament at 9 a.m. Saturday against a club team from the University of Denver. CMC also faces Fort Lewis College of Durango Saturday afternoon at 1:30 p.m.CMC wraps up group play Sunday at 10 a.m. with Central Wyoming College.Teams in Group A of the White Division are Salt Lake Community College, Western Wyoming College, Western State from Gunnison and Colorado Springs Air Force Academy Prep.Last year’s men’s tournament champ – the University of Colorado Gold – heads Group A of the Blue Division. The Buffs face Dixie State College of St. George, Utah, Saturday at 10:30 a.m. The balance of Group A consists of teams from Weber State and Colorado State.Two other teams representing Weber and CSU have been placed in Group B of the Blue Division. Additional squads in that grouping are the University of Northern Colorado and the CU Black.The two top teams from each group vie for championship honors Sunday at 1:30 p.m.The women’s tournament consists of eight teams. Games in the first set are scheduled for noon starts on Saturday. Opening-round Group A contests pit Air Force Academy Prep against Western Wyoming and CSU vs. the CU White. The Group B women’s openers, also at noon Saturday, have UNC taking on Western State and Salt Lake Community College pitted against the CU Black.Winners out of pool play from both groups square off for the women’s title at 3 p.m. Sunday.And, if you can’t wait until Saturday for a soccer fix, the Eagles women’s and men’s teams tackle Salt Lake CC on Gates Field No. 1 at 4 and 6 p.m., respectively, Friday in a Scenic West Athletic Conference doubleheader.

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