Local soccer heads west this weekend
Pepi’s Soccer Club and the Vail Women’s Soccer Club head to the Colorado Mountain Cup in Glenwood Springs today.
The Vail Women’s Soccer Club won the tournament last year by beating FC Littleton in a shootout.
“I’m especially proud of that victory because we’re not a select team,” said Vail WSC midfielder Michelle Dickson. “We’re just a local club that fields a high level of athleticism, year after year. For us to do well against a team like that is really impressive.”
Pepi’s took second last year in an overtime loss to Carbondale.
“We have a strong team,” said Pepi’s SC’s Daryl Goehring. “We have the potential to win any tournament we enter.”
Pepi’s spent Friday’s twilight hours practicing plays for direct and indirect kicks, penalty kicks and competing in an intrasquad, small-sided game.
Pepi’s will be missing starter Jeff Hayslip, but have added David Ludden to play alongside Jeff Ruiz as dual centermidfielders.
Vail WSC will be missing Christina Aiello, as she has moved to New Hampshire on a hockey scholarship, but looks forward to strong play from center midfielders Jen Davin and Colleen Butler, forward Becca Cowell, defenders Kate O’Connor, Mikayla Curtis, Emalyn Lay and Jen Corie and goalie Laura Silverstein.
The Vail Women’s Soccer Club faces The Rebels at 9 a.m. and plays another at noon. Pepi’s plays the Rovers at 10:30 a.m. and Team Saprissa, from Denver, at 1:30 p.m. All Colorado Mountain Cup games will be played at Colorado Mountain College’s campus in Glenwood Springs.
“Pepi’s plays right after both of our Saturday games, and right before our first Sunday game,” said Dickson. “This allows us to support each other, and cheer each other on.”
Andrew Harley can be contacted at (970) 949-0555 ext. 608 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.