Steamboat Springs Mike Rinn's second-half goal at Dudley Field on Saturday brought Sailors to their feet, before an offsides call negated the score and left the Steamboat Springs boys' soccer team with a hard-fought, 1-1 tie against the Centaurus High School Warriors.
Rinn, who kicked in a score against Warriors goalie Mike Kelly on a penalty play, was surprised moments later to see officials deny his team the shot. Kelly, who appeared to be offsides, was given another chance to defend, after officials blew the play dead. Rinn's second shot was stopped cold, leaving Steamboat facing an overtime situation.
Neither team scored in the two five-minute overtime periods, though the Sailors threatened on several occasions to take the lead.
Sailors coach Rob Bohlmann saw his team on the offensive side most of the day, only to be stopped by a tremendous effort from Kelly.
"Their goalkeeper made some spectacular plays," Bohlmann said. "It's just the way the game goes sometimes."
Rinn volleyed in a goal in the first half, after receiving an assist from teammate Kyle Nelson, and the Warriors' Jeff Davis scored his team's only goal on a pass from midfielder Blake Galvin.
Both teams were extremely physical throughout the contest, but the end result left the Sailors at 2-1-1.
Steamboat now looks forward to a Sept. 14 match at Moffat County High School, which marks the team's first league match of the 2000 season.
Bohlmann was eager to point to the positives from Saturday's match.
Playing a 5A team like Centaurus better prepares his 4A team for league competition, he said.
"The biggest thing for us is that we need to develop as a group for the future," Bohlmann said. "Certainly, to come away with a tie, it's not a win, but it's a decent result."
Centaurus coach Ken Ebersole talked about the physical play of both teams during Saturday's match.
"They're big and strong," said Ebersole about the Sailors. "Both teams played hard and played very physical. I think we got a little out-muscled there in the first half, and so the second half we came back and played with a little more strength. It was very encouraging to see that."
The Sailors, ranked No. 7 in the state, need to be more efficient on their offensive attack, Bohlmann said.
"Our first league game is on Thursday at Moffat County," Bohlmann said. "It's definitely showtime for us. Now, we've got to go in and get the results."
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