Sep 092010
 
Authors: Nick Childs

CSU gets another shot at beating CU-Boulder on Saturday, but this time it will be in f útbol rather than football.

The CSU men and women’s club soccer teams take on the Buffaloes in the first annual Rocky Mountain College Cup at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City.

The action begins with the women’s teams squaring off at 5 p.m., and the men will play immediately after with an expected start of 7:30 p.m.

Both teams are expecting tough matches because of the heated rivalry between CSU and CU, said their respective club presidents.

“The rivalry seems to get to everyone and it ends up being a pretty even match,” said Tanya Thielen, president of the women’s team.

Tickets to the event cost $20 and include admittance to both games as well as a ticket to the Colorado Rapids’ game next weekend against the New England Revolution.

CSU soccer teams will receive $5 from every ticket sold.

As club teams, these programs receive minimal funding from the university, so they have to do their own fundraising.
This is the biggest fundraiser of the year, Thielen said.

Each program does other fundraisers, such as helping with parking at CSU football games and other work at university-sponsored events.

CSU and CU are typically the two teams that represent Colorado in the national tournament each year, so this should be the toughest game of the year, Thielen said.

What will make the difference for this game, she said, is going to be who can calm their nerves earlier playing in a rivalry game and large crowd such as the one they are expecting.

This is the biggest stage that these teams have played on during their collegiate careers at CSU, and it represents a big opportunity for the programs, said Jake Mann, president of the men’s club soccer program.

Last year the women’s soccer team made it to the national tournament, but it was unable to make it out of pool play, she said.

The goal for this season, Thielen said, is to get back to the national tournament and advance farther.

Similar to the women’s team, the men would like to improve on the season that they had last year.

The men were in the final 16 at their national tournament in 2009 and made it all the way to the championship in 2008, where they finished as the national runner-up, Mann said.

Both the CSU men and women go into the Saturday’s games undefeated, the men with one win and the women with two.

The teams, Mann said, expect a couple hundred people to attend the games based on current ticket sales and believe the games will be very exciting.

“Everyone is pumped about the rivalry and playing in the stadium,” he said.
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Sports reporter Nick Childs can be reached at sports@collegian.com._

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