U16 soccer team finishes 2nd | CraigDailyPress.com

U16 soccer team finishes 2nd

Ben Bulkeley

— If the July 17 to 19 soccer tournament in Steamboat Springs is any indication of the upcoming season, coach Rusty Cox might have a lot to smile about.

The Craig U16 soccer team participated in the 25th annual Steamboat Mountain Soccer Tournament, playing four games and winning three.

The team lost to Club United, of Loveland, in the championship game to come away with a second-place finish.

“We played against some premier teams,” Cox said. “We played a lot of tough teams, and we played well.”

U-16 is comprised of several high school players, Cox said. Even without some of his more seasoned players, his team still was competitive.

“I’m really looking forward to the season,” he said. “They did really well, and I didn’t even have my seniors with me.”

Cox said the tournament would probably be the summer’s last, as they tend to be expensive.

“It costs $550 just to join the tournament, then $12 for each player, plus jerseys,” he said. “It gets expensive in a hurry.”

There are other options for more late-summer soccer if the team chooses, Cox said.

“We might do a five-on-five tournament in Newcastle later,” he said. “I haven’t made up my mind yet, but it’s a possibility.”

With the first official high school boys varsity practice Aug. 17, there still is some time left before the season starts.

“A lot of the guys are always on the field, out playing,” Cox said. “We’re going to try and fit as much in as we can.”

The Moffat County High School soccer team plays its first game Sept. 5 at Montezuma-Cortez High School in Cortez.

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