Local 14U soccer team caps off season with tournament championship


FORT COLLINS, Colo. – The GoWyo 14U Matrix soccer team wrapped up their summer traveling season with a 4-0 record and the tournament championship in Fort Collins.

The Matraix ended the season with a 17-5-1 record, finishing outside the top three only once.

“We mostly play in Colorado due to the great competition we face in every tournament,” said Matrix assistant coach and Torrington High School head coach Gabe Bartlett.

In all, the GoWyo team played in six tournaments this summer, with one championship and three second-place finishes and one third.

The season started in June with a trip to Rapid City, S.D.  for the Rushmore Cup. The Matrix placed second, finishing the weekend with a 4-1 mark.

The remainder of the tournaments took place in Colorado.

At the Stenger Cup in Denver, the GoWyo team finished second with a 2-1-1 record, while also placing second at the Rush Cup in Greeley, picking up three additional wins.

The team traveled to Steamboat Springs for the Steamboat Mountain Soccer Tournament. The Matrix had their worst weekend of the summer, finishing 1-2, placing outside the top three for the only time in 2019.

“The team had a letdown weekend for them not finishing in the top three,” Bartlett said. “This tourney, we learned a lot about ourselves and it paved the way for the rest of the season and hopefully beyond.”

The following tournament, the team traveled to Colorado Springs for the Pride of the Rockies Showcase, playing the tournament on the Air Force Academy soccer fields.

The Matrix finished the weekend with a 3-1 record, placing third due to a tie-breaker.

The team capped off the 2019 season on Aug. 18 with an undefeated weekend, winning the Arsenal Cup.

The GoWyo Matrix did not give up a goal the entire weekend.

“Overall, another great season, this team has come a very long way,” Bartlett said. “This is their fifth year playing together and it really shows. They are considered one of the best Ul4 teams in this region.”

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