Moab FC takes gold at summer games

The Moab FC traveling soccer team is all smiles after winning gold in its division at the Utah Summer Games. Photo by Ashley Korenblat

Moab FC went to the Utah Summer Games last weekend and returned champions.

The local soccer team for middle school players went 4-0-1 to make it to the championship game, where they prevailed at Southern Utah University in Cedar City.

Coach Ashley Korenblat was still stoked on Monday. She is one of four coaches who coach boys and girls traveling soccer programs in the spring and fall for students who want to play in high school and beyond.

Korenblat said she coaches with Dan Phillips and Jason Turner, but she said all agree the team’s success could in large part be credited to new coach Austin Marques, who joined the coaching ranks earlier this year.

The Moab FC championship soccer team took a ride in on a Moab Valley Fire Department engine this weekend after taking gold at the Utah Summer Games. Photo by Ashley Korenblat

“A big part of this story is Austin,” said Korenblat. “He is an elite athlete and a really talented player and coach. Not many elite players are also elite coaches.” Marquez played for the LA Galaxy Major League Soccer team, the California state and even the U.S. National Team. “He has greatly improved our level of coaching,” she added in an email.

The Utah Summer Games features a number of sports, but Korenblat said the soccer tournament was “an amazing event.”

The Utah Summer Games have been played for the past 33 years. It’s described as a “festival for athletes of all ages and abilities.” Each year, an average of 9,600 participants, 50,000 spectators and 1,000 volunteers in attendance – making it one of the premier sporting events in the state.

Forty students from Moab participate in the traveling program. “There’s so much interest here,” said Korenblat.