Steamboat Springs Andrew Johnston knows what his team needs to do today, when the Steamboat soccer team prepares to do battle with Glenwood Springs at Dudley Field.
The Sailors, 8-2-1 and 5-1, will seek not to make mistakes, which was what led to their loss on Sept. 21, when the team fell victim to the Demons on the road.
The Sailors created a number of scoring opportunities but finished with just one goal, as the Demons won the contest 2-1. Glenwood Springs, 7-3 and 4-2, hopes to own Steamboat again, this time on Sailor territory. But the Sailors players want to stick a fork in the Demons, and come out triumphant as the school celebrates its homecoming week.
"Right now, we're first in the league, so this game's huge," Johnston said. "They're a strong team, but we're definitely able to beat them."
The Demons, which are tied for second in the league, are the only team to beat the Sailors during the regular season. Steamboat lost to Faith Christian in the Alexander Dawson tourney on Sept. 2 in Boulder. The team then tied Centaurus on Sept. 9 at home.
The Sailors are led this year by the play of junior forward Mike Rinn, who has 16 goals, including three against the Bulldogs of Moffat County on Sept. 28. Rinn also had a goal against Battle Mountain during a 5-2 victory at Dudley Field on Sept. 30.
When Steamboat squares off against Glenwood Springs today, the high-scoring Sailors will be running high on adrenaline as they seek to avenge the previous loss. Johnston said that his team would be more prepared this time.
"We pretty much dominated that whole game," Johnston said. "We just weren't able to score. We had tons of shots they just weren't going in. We're really pumped to play this game."
With only four games left until the regional playoffs begin, the Sailors couldn't have picked a better time to improve their scoring attack. Steamboat has 17 goals in its past three games and has exploded to the net for a number of other scoring opportunities. The Sailors hope to continue that trend during their important league match today. Gametime is set for 4 p.m.
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