Rec League Game of the Week: Courtney’s Team still on top
BRECKENRIDGE – The Frisco Fusion rec league soccer team has been trying to find a rhythm all season. They got no closer on Sunday.
The Fusion (1-6), a team composed entirely of free agents, lost to Courtney’s Team in a wall soccer indoor league matchup Sunday at the Breckenridge Recreation Center. With the 13-7 win, Courtney’s (6-1) is tied with Barkley’s at the top of the league.
Courtney’s jumped ahead early with quick goals by Mark Keim and Kyle Jackson in the first five minutes of the game. Jeff Bergeron came off the bench and answered with a goal for the Fusion, but the free agents couldn’t convert on offense and went into halftime down by several goals.
After the half, the Fusion tried to overcome the deficit but still had trouble getting the ball up the floor. Offensive pressure from Scott Weaver along with strong second-half defense by Laura Desana kept Courtney’s on top.
Officiator Rudy Burki said the Fusion, which is in last place, has struggled this season due to its revolving roster. While other teams entered the league pre-formed, the Fusion is made up of drop-in players who hardly knew each other before the season began.
“Some nights, people get together, and they just click,” Burki said. “Other nights, the players don’t work together as well.”
Calls for pushing and tripping also hurt the Fusion Sunday – the team earned several penalties early and only got more aggressive as the game wore on.
The wall soccer league is billed as less competitive than other local indoor soccer leagues, but Sunday night’s matchup was physical enough to bump one player out the gym’s emergency exit door during a scramble for a loose ball.
“People’s egos get to them,” said Sage Shingle, a player for Courtney’s. “There are people who are good soccer players that don’t want to get shown up. That’s what happens when people take it too seriously.”
The wall soccer league in Breckenridge is run by the High Country Soccer Association. The group also operates micro soccer leagues in Breckenridge and Silverthorne.
Unlike the micro leagues, wall soccer uses only half the gym space. There are no boundary lines, and the ball can be played off the walls and doors as long as it stays close to the ground.
The coed rule – each team must have at least one woman playing at all times – taxed both teams on Sunday. Becky Bergeron was the sole female player for the Fusion, and Desana was the only woman to show up for Courtney’s. While their male teammates had the luxury of subbing out, both women had to play the entire game to avoid a forfeit.
“I’m exhausted,” Bergeron said. “We have a few girls, but they haven’t been showing up.”
Jonelle Lonergan can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 230, or at email@example.com.
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