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U10 soccer grabs Cup title

Steamboat youth squad outscores opponents, 24-2, in 4 games

Steamboat's championship U10 soccer team. Front row, from left: Nolan Connell, Tyler Terranova, Ross VanHara, guest coach Tony Roberts, Carson Russell, Andrew Mitchell and Zach Cohen. Middle Row, from left: Matthew Singer, Sean Patten, Alexander Coffey, Will McConnell, Evan Barbier, Andrew McCawley, Cruz Archuleta and Jett Seymour. Back row, from left: coaches Dave Terranova, Andy Cohen and John Seymour.

Winning is nice, but what soccer coach John Seymour really likes to see is growth.

Last weekend, Seymour had plenty to celebrate after watching the group of young players he coached along with Dave Terranova and Andy Cohen grow into champions at the Colorado Youth Soccer Cup, which was held at the Stenger Soccer Complex in Arvada. The same team had won just a single game in its only other tournament appearance this summer.

“We had only been together for two weeks, and four practices before the Labor Day Tournament,” Seymour said. “We have really come together as a team since then. It’s been fun to watch these players grow throughout this season.”

The U10 team, one of six from Steamboat that played in last weekend’s tournament, won all four games it played in Arvada.

The Steamboat players defeated the Rush Rapids, 8-0, in the opener before moving past the Skyline Lightning, 6-0, and the Rush Cyclones, 3-1, in pool play.

Steamboat advanced out of its bracket to face the Rush Cyclones 2 in the title game. The Steamboat team collected a 7-1 win in that contest.

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“It was so much fun watching our players’ skills continue to improve throughout the season,” Seymour said.

The coach credited Terranova and Cohen for the team’s success this season, along with the hard-working players.

“We were only with these players for eight weeks,” Seymour said. “The progress they made was amazing.”

Steamboat sent several other teams to the tournament, which wraps up the fall season. Other teams making the trip included a U9 girls team, two U9 boys teams and two U10 girls team.

The Steamboat teams also got a boost this season from guest coach Tony Roberts, who traveled from England and spent three weeks working with the players on the different teams. He also traveled with the teams to Arvada to offer advice during the tournament.

-To reach John F. Russell call 871-4209

or e-mail jrussell@steamboatpilot.com