Pepi’s, Gallegos booters head to Glenwood
“Practicing a lot at this altitude keeps us in shape,” Pepi’s coach Ante Peros said. “When other teams come up – a good example is the Rocks last Sunday. The first half they gave us a good run. The second half, they just ran out of the steam because of the altitude. We’ve been practicing here Wednesday and Friday all the time and playing a Sunday game. So it really has improved out lung capacity. So we can drink and run a lot a more.”
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More club soccer, as well as some more “nuancing,” will likely take place when Pepi’s, as well as the Gallegos women’s team, heads to this weekend’s Colorado Mountain Cup tournament at the Glenwood Colorado Mountain College campus.
On the men’s side, Pepi’s is in the Group II with F.C. Littleton, Saprissa and Three Generations. On Saturday, Pepi’s takes on Littleton at 11 a.m. and Saprissa at 3 p.m.
At 10 a.m. on Sunday, Pepi’s finishes pool play with Three Generations. The winner of the group advances to the final at 3 p.m. against the winner of the other pool, which is made up of the Denver Kickers, Liga Carbondale, Monarcas and Revers.
Gallegos is in a four-team field. The ladies, who are undefeated in 2002, face Littleton at noon on Saturday, followed by a 4 p.m. start against Attitude. On Sunday, it’s an 11 a.m. kickoff against High Country. The title game is at 3 p.m.
Just for kicks: Pepi’s settled for a 1-1 tie Sunday against the Denver Rocks. Nacen Gray rang up his third goal in his last two games, giving Pepi’s an early 1-0 lead. The Rocks scored on a penalty kick late in the game. “It was gorgeous playing by the team. It was one-two touch,” Peros said. “They were really getting into the game a lot. It was fun to watch. We had the opportunities to score more, but we didn’t take the advantage.”