Steamboat Springs Six Steamboat soccer players recently were given all-league honors for their play during the 2000 season, in which the Sailors strode to the state quarterfinals.
Steamboat, which won the 4A Western Slope Conference, lost to Broomfield 6-0 on Nov. 1, which marked the end of a valiant run. Just five days earlier, the Sailors knocked off the Conifer Lobos 3-2 in the first round of the state playoffs at Englewood.
Junior forward Mike Rinn, who nailed 24 goals during the season, was chosen to first-team all-conference and second-team all-state. He was joined on the first-team with Sailors senior defenseman J.J. Simon and senior forward Jason Flower.
Simon was chosen as the Western Slope player of the year. He also made first-team all-state.
Making the honorable-mention list were Kyle Nelson, Andrew Johnston and Rob Zehner.
Against Conifer, Rinn scored a goal and dished a pair of assists, including a game-winning pass to Johnston in overtime.
The Sailors ended their 2000 season at 14-3-1, (or 12-5-1 with two forfeits imposed by the Colorado High School Activities Association).
Jason Sirois, a junior midfielder, said his team capped off a great season by making it to the state playoffs. During a preseason workout at Lost Ranger Peak in the Mt. Zirkel Wilderness, the Sailors players and coaches got together and sketched out some goals for the year, Sirois said.
One of those goals was to still be playing during the month of November. Steamboat's regular season ended Oct. 14, but the team was not eliminated from states until Nov. 1.
"Our main goal was to get from August to November," Sirois said. "Even though we didn't get into finals, we accomplished that goal. It's something to play off of, or maybe to kick us in gear for next year."
Johnston contributed the Sailors' post-season success to the entire soccer team. Steamboat also won a regional playoff game 8-0 against Brighton Oct. 21.
"We had a great team this year," Johnston said. "I think our whole team could have made all-conference. Everyone was that good. We had a lot of experienced players. It showed with Kyle (Nelson) making it as a sophomore. He's got a good future.
"The younger kids definitely have good talent. They helped out with pushing the seniors as far as we could go."
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