Front Row L-R: John Campbell, Robin
Sarchett, John Gerdis, Troy Ruckman, Luke Fostvedt, Steve Fostvedt, Blake
Schnebly, Jeff Stringham, Quinn Orb. Back Row L-R: Olin Glenne, Pete
Stevenson, Josh Stanek, Jason Southward, Sean Higgins, Raul, Austin McCann,
Shaun Kelly, Chatham Baker, Kurt Funkhouser, Taylor Rothgeb
Leftys seeks, conquers, destroys foes
Kelly, Fostvedt earn MVP honors,
By Michael Ames
Idaho Mountain Express
It was all good for the Lefty’s men's
soccer team at Jackson Hole last weekend.
Lefty’s F.C. went undefeated in Jackson,
winning four games over teams from Utah and Wyoming.
The Ketchum-based club opened the 10-team
Jackson Hole Invitational with a 2-0 win over Logan, Utah. Kurt Funkhouser
buried a direct kick, and Jason Southward converted a feed from John Campbell.
In Lefty’s second match against Wilson,
Wyoming, Funkhouser was on the offensive again, this time scoring one in a 2-1
win. Jason Southward also had a goal off a free kick.
Sunday’s games were more spirited and saw
Lefty’s deliver some of the best play this team has played in a few years. In a
high-scoring game against Park City, Lefty’s triumphed 6-4. The game opened with
Lefty’s dropping two quick goals and looking ripe for a beating. Co-captain
Shaun Kelly turned the momentum with his teams’ first goal of the game and the
start of a high scoring comeback. In a very physical and hard fought game, Kelly
would earn two more assists and a yellow card on a hard, but fair tackle.
Campbell, Southward Stevie Fostvedt and Audie McCann (2) also found the back of
In the final match, Jackson Hole had a 2-1
lead late in the second half when the clutch Kelly came through again with the
tying goal. Cambell scored earlier. The game proceeded to an overtime shootout.
Lefty’s goalie Luke Fostvedt saved the first Jackson shot, giving the Lefty’s
offense the chance to put in 5 of 5 kicks for the win. With goals from
co-captain John Gerdis, Chatham Baker, Jeff Stringham, Fostvedt, and Kelly
that’s exactly what they did.
"This was the best the team has played in
two years," said Baker after the triumphant weekend.
Overall, Lefty’s benefited from strong
defensive play from Pete Stevenson. But Fostvedt’s shootout save stands as the
most pivotal defensive play of the tournament, thereby earning him the defensive
On offense, Kelly earned the MVP status
through "consistent play, always running 100 percent and always getting in on
the ball and in on tackles," said Gerdis. Kelly was the player "motivating the
team to get going" all weekend, he said.
The team also extended its praise to coach
Olin Glenne, who has provided the framework for the team’s recent success.
Ketchum will host a 12-team tournament
Aug. 7-8 at Atkinson Park in Ketchum. The field includes teams from Seattle,
Missoula, Jackson Hole and Boise.