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Shootout victory goes to Colorado Mountain United

Post Independent staff report
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
contributed photoThe Colorado Mountain United Soccer Club won the past weekend's Burning Mountain Soccer Tournament.
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NEW CASTLE, Colorado – The championship match of the Inaugural Burning Mountain Soccer Tournament proved to be a competitive showdown, with the newly formed local Colorado Mountain United Soccer Club battling Colorado State University Gold for a 4-3 victory at VIX Ranch Park in New Castle this past weekend.

Competitive, balanced play on both sides of the ball kept the match at a fever pitch throughout, with goals scored by each team in the last 10 minutes of regulation.

The United’s tying goal came from the wing play of Nick Garay, who slotted a well-placed strike to the near post, forcing the teams into overtime.



With the strong defensive play of Edwin Piper and numerous saves by goalkeeper Kevin White, the first overtime period remained scoreless.

When the second overtime period hit the five-minute mark, the CSU team opened a scoring binge with two goals in two minutes.



What seemed to be a sure win for CSU turned quickly when the Colorado Mountain United team answered with an immediate turnaround, coming back with a goal by Piper with three minutes left on the clock and then, with only 30 seconds on the clock, John Ingelhart passed to James Mitchell, who was able to beat the diving CSU goalkeeper for the tying goal.

This resulted in the shootout round from the penalty spot.

The final count ended with United having the shootout advantage of 3-2, giving the local side the opportunity to hoist the first ever crystal-cut Alpine Bank Championship Cup to the skyline of New Castle’s Burning Mountain.

Colorado Mountain United Soccer Club is the newly developed club that hosted the Colorado Force Women’s Super 20’s in the pro-am exhibition game this past June and has now established the men’s side for this recent event.

The club is a member of the Colorado State Soccer Association and will continue developing teams for league and exhibition play in the next year. The club will also organize the advancement of youth teams at the U18 level.

Steve White, the club’s director, was recently appointed to the Colorado State Soccer Association’s board of trustees as the secretary of the organization. He feels the development of organized quality adult soccer leagues is now underway, and that western Colorado will see more activity from the state and national organizations.

For more information about Colorado State Soccer Association, visit http://www.coloradostatesoccer.com.


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