Soccer moms offer support, advice
Steamboat Springs — It takes more than a broken right ankle for Jean Wernig to miss her daughters’ soccer game.
Jean, whose daughters Jill and Julie play for the Steamboat Sailors, has made it to every game on crutches.
She broke her ankle falling off a ladder while working at home.
Jean and the other mothers of the soccer players offer endless support to their daughters and deserve some “congrats” on Mother’s Day.
“All of our parents are always there to cheer us on and support us,” said Jessica Fritz, a senior Sailor.
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“Just that extra little support and cheering really helps I think.”
Jessica’s mother, Jan Fritz, has been very involved with the team. She videotapes the games for her daughters, Jessica and Abby, who both play for the team.
Before Friday’s playoff game, the Steamboat players and coaches went to Jan’s house for lunch, where the main course was hoagies.
There, they celebrated Sailor Cassidy Kurtz’s 17th birthday, with a soccer ball pi.
“It was a complete surprise,” Kurtz said. “I wasn’t expecting it at all.”
The support from the soccer mothers has been great, Kurtz said.
“It’s really neat,” she said. “I think it kind of helps bring the team together. It kind of helps us know that there’s a lot of people behind us, and that a lot of them believe we can do it.”
The Sailors, who just won their 12th straight game, need only two more wins to advance to the state finals. Steamboat beat Conifer at home Friday.
Bridget Asbury, the mother of starting goalkeeper Kelly Asbury, believes the team has an excellent chance to go all the way.
The Sailors will play the Broomfield Eagles in the quarterfinals at 5 p.m. Tuesday at Broomfield.
“I just think they seem to have really bonded,” Bridget said. “Last year, they had a few problems but they were able to work through those. They’re more of a team.”
Kelly, who generally spends most of her energy during games shading her eyes from the sun while guarding the goal, says it is nice to have her mother taking an interest in the sport.
Bridget says it is difficult, though, for she and her husband, Steve, to give Kelly advice on soccer.
“We put our two cents’ worth in and it’s not always welcome because she knows far more about it than we do,” Bridget joked.
While the soccer moms do a great deal of traveling during the season, another challenge is making sure their daughters have what they need before games, Jean Wernig said.
Jean has four daughters playing soccer, including Tara and Heidi Wernig, who are the younger sisters of Jill and Julie.
It gets hectic, Jean said, “trying to find cleats, trying to find shinguards and clothes.”
But all the players’ moms would agree they won’t mind doing it for three more games.
The state finals take place in Englewood around May 22.
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