Vail Valley Soccer Club U16 boys win state title
The U16 boys of the Vail Valley Soccer Club recently captured a state championship and have now set their sights on U.S. Youth Soccer’s regional competition June 9-14 in Seattle.
The President’s Cup provides a progressive, competitive experience to teams in a series of unique experiences highlighting competition, camaraderie and community from the state to regional to national levels of U.S. Youth Soccer.
The team is composed of players that in the fall, represent the three high school boys soccer programs in the valley: Battle Mountain, Eagle Valley and Vail Mountain School. The championship match against Rush Pikes Peak was the culmination of six games against much larger clubs from the Front Range. This is the first time that a team from the Western Slope has won this competition, setting a new milestone for the club.
In last year’s state tournament, the VVSC boys placed second and qualified for a wild-card spot in the regional tournament held in Morgan Hill, California, where they advanced to the quarterfinals.
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“That experience really opened the eyes of these kids to what is possible with teamwork and commitment,” head coach Don Dressler said. “This was our fourth year of competing in this tournament and each year we improved. I’m proud of these kids, and I’m sure this will inspire our younger players in the club to see what is possible.”
The U16s are hosting a championship game viewing party on Sunday at Fiesta’s Cafe and Cantina in Edwards at 4 p.m. You can also dine out at Fiesta’s on Wednesday, when a portion of the night’s proceeds will be going back to the team. Both events are open to the public. Anyone wishing to help these boys realize their dreams should contact VVSC’s executive director Kerri Thelen at firstname.lastname@example.org. Donations will go directly to help offset travel expenses and can be sent to VVSC, Attn: U16 Boys, P.O. Box 2728, Edwards, CO 81632.