Pepi’s soccer ready for Colorado Mountain Cup
The schedule says that the Pepi’s men’s soccer team is playing in the Colorado Mountain Cup in Glenwood Springs this weekend.Don’t be fooled. All eyes are on the Vail Invitational July 31-Aug. 1.”That’s what we work for. It’s huge,” Pepi’s vet Daryl Goehring said. “That’s what we want to peak for. Hopefully, we can just keep it together for the next couple of tournaments, win some games.”Pepi’s is 1-for-1 in the tournament department this year, having won the Grand Junction Summer Soccer Shootout in June. The team hasn’t seen much action since, so the Glenwood tourney’s going to be a good test.”We’ve been practicing consistently,” Goehring said. “We have actually large numbers, 20, 25 players who want to play, and that’s keeping everyone pushing it. There’s more to lose. So, people are running around trying to get spots. We hope to carry this through to the Vail tourney.”Pepi’s is in Flight A of the tournament. The local 11 opens with Montesillos Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at River Valley Ranch. Then, it’s Token’s at 3:30 p.m. later that day up at Gates Field.While Pepi’s knows nothing about its first two opponents, it is certainly familiar the third team of pool play, Littleton I. The two teams met last year in the Vail Invite and played to a 2-2 draw.”Littleton, their first team is always strong because they have a second team and depth,” Goehring said. “They have a development program, so their first team’s very strong. Last yea,r we advanced to the Vail quarterfinals by a coin flip.”For the record, it was heads.In the other half of the bracket, it’s Bosna, Pumas, Saprissa and Littleton II. With the top two teams advancing to Sunday’s semifinals, look for Pumas, Sapriss, Pepi’s and Littleton I to go through. The final is Sunday at 3:30 p.m. at Gates.Pepi’s prepped for the tournament with a scrimmage Wednesday against a group of English coaches in town for an MLS camp. It was a 1-1 tie with Pepi’s’ goal coming from Kevin Egan.