Bulldogs place third in Greeley 3v3 soccer tournament
     2015-07-02      By McKenna Copsey   
Last weekend, nine girls from the Gering High School soccer team traveled to Greeley, Colo. to compete in a 3v3 soccer tournament. One of the two teams that made the trip placed third in their division.

The players split into two teams based on skill level and class. Each team played three games for pool play on Saturday before playing each other Sunday morning to decide who would continue to the next round of finals.

The Lady Bulldog’s Head Coach Lisa Freeburg along with the help of Scott Spreier coached the girls during the tournament.
“When I found out we had games at the same time, I asked if he [Spreier] would coach. I knew that he’s coached in the past, and I knew he would be excited to,” Freeburg said.

In pool play, the Bulldogs team, composed of seniors Megan Copsey, Abby Kiesel, and Katie Martindale, sophomore Carlie Sides, and freshman Maddi Parks, won one and lost two of their games. The Gering team with seniors McKenna Copsey and Zoë Van Dyke along with junior Sydney Heimbouch and sophomore Brittney Spreier tied their first game before losing the next two games in the afternoon.

In the first round of finals, both teams played against each other before the Bulldogs team came out with the win. They ended up losing their next game against the Windsor Warriors before winning against The Ridge to place third in the division.

“It was a really nice opportunity for our girls to go to improve our skills by playing some teams that we weren’t familiar with,” Van Dyke said.

The players have been working on their ball skills Mondays through Thursdays at 6 in the morning since the first week in June. Girls from grades 7-12 have showed up to work through some drills before playing small-sided soccer matches at the Gering High School practice field.
“We just wanted to provide an opportunity for the girls to get more touches on the ball. Usually, I let the older girls lead the drills and the splitting up of teams. It works out well with our strength and conditioning program,” Freeburg said.
Last year was the first year that the soccer players started coming to the school in the mornings as well as the first year they started going to 3v3 tournaments. Freeburg said she liked the idea of 3v3 since she didn’t have to find 11 girls who could play so looked around at a lot of different tournaments.
“It was also a great opportunity to work on our foot skills and compete in a small game. I looked around at all tournaments to see what was offered in the area and what weekends worked with volleyball and basketball at our school. This one was close, and with the numbers, it worked well,” Freeburg said.

Some of the girls who went to the tournament in Greeley also played in the Scottsbluff 3v3 tournament held the week before. Today was the last day that the soccer players will meet in the mornings for the rest of the summer.

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