Steamboat Medical wins soccer championship
Coed team takes trophy for city league
Steamboat Springs — The City of Steamboat Springs adult coed recreational soccer league season came to an end Tuesday when the Steamboat Medical team closed out a sweep of the regular season and postseason tournament with a 1-0 win against the Winona’s/Mountain Mamas/Spiffy Dog team.
Fresh off an undefeated regular season and a 3-1 win against the Surf Monkeys, Steamboat Medical squared off against Winona’s for the league championship. Winona’s, the No. 2 seed, advanced to the tournament final with a gritty, hard-fought win against Northwoods FC.
In the championship game, Steamboat Medical weathered an early push by a determined Winona’s attack led by brothers Kyle and Alec Nelson. Winona’s controlled play for much of the first half with the Nelsons slicing through the Steamboat Medical defense. Danny Tebbenkamp also looked strong on the ball. But the Steamboat Medical defense, anchored by Mark Dudley, Tim O’Malley and goalkeeper Rob Peterson, held strong with several timely challenges and saves.
Midway through the first half, Steamboat Medical had an opportunity as Tony Counts pushed a shot just wide of the goal. Winona’s nearly found the net moments later when a cross by Alec Nelson looked destined to find the head of Tebbenkamp but instead was punched away at the last moment by a diving Peterson.
Late in the half, Steamboat Medical took advantage of a quick counter with Luke Dudley finding Diego Girard on the left side. Girard fired a low, hard shot into the far corner that escaped Winona’s goalkeeper Kelly Carlson.
In the second half, Medical’s midfield combination of Luke Dudley and Eric McClellan looked to control the pace of the game, distributing the ball well in an attempt to build on the lead. Their efforts were held back by the strong play of Carlson and Winona’s center defensemen Ben Beall and Silas Cammer. Midway through the second half, Steamboat Medical nearly added a goal as Girard again broke free, ringing a hard shot off the post.
A late flurry by Winona’s yielded nothing as the final whistle blew, setting of a joyous celebration from the Steamboat Medical bench.
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