For the men and women of CSU’s men’s and women’s club soccer
teams, the 2003 National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association
Soccer Tournament, provided the chance to prove their worth; and
that they did.
Playing in brisk winter temperatures of Dec. 4, the CSU’s club
men’s team, the women’s gold team and the women’s green team
charged through the three-day tournament defeating opponents left
and right en route to a trio of top finishes.
The men’s team finished in the final four, the women’s gold
finished third and the women’s green team finished fourth.
“Every team there is at the highest level that you can play,”
said Kerry Greer, captain and president of the women’s team, of the
competition at the tournament. “I’m proud of the entire team, they
stepped up and took on each game.”
Playing their fifth game in two days, the gold team fell to the
University of Colorado-Boulder in a hotly contested battle that
ended in a shootout. Colorado went on to win the tournament.
Meanwhile the men played almost the duration of the tournament
without allowing a goal. Unfortunately, the first goal they did let
in, during a quarterfinal game against men’s tournament champion
the University of Illinois, was enough to end their season. The
team lost to the Fighting Illini 4-0 in a game that mid-fielder and
president of the men’s team Ryan Bennet said the team did not play
at its full potential.
“We just came out flat and they scored on us early, so we tried
to play catch-up the rest of the game,” Bennet said. “We’re used to
leading the game. We usually score first and score a lot, so we’re
not used to trying to come back.”
Greer and teammate Sara Zach represented the CSU women’s team on
the All-Tournament team, while Billy Cooksey represented the men’s
“I was honored to accept it,” Cooksey said of being elected by
his peers to the team. “I was (very) excited.”
Women’s club volleyball rolls in Arizona
Playing six games in one day after a 14-hour drive to Tucson,
Ariz., and the University of Arizona, the CSU women’s club
volleyball team swept through the competition en route to a
tournament championship and boosted their league-best record to
23-1. The Rams defeated Arizona, the University of California-San
Diego and CU-Boulder to take the crown. The latter match was the
third for the Rams against the Buffaloes and the result was similar
to the previous two.
“We’ve played CU in scrimmages twice and beat them twice, so we
know how they play,” said Ursula de Tourbaix, president of the
team. “We weren’t intimidated. We wanted to beat them a third time
to prove we are for real.”
Though CU came into the game talking, CSU quickly shut them up
by scoring three unanswered points to open the match. The team
never looked back after taking that lead. “They lost their voice
after we scored the first three points,” de Tourbaix said. “We just