Steamboat Springs Steamboat Springs soccer coach Rob Bohlmann was emphasizing the positive this week as the Sailors move toward the first league game of the season.
His team was still reeling from the sting of a 2-0 loss to Centaurus last Saturday on a wet, sloppy field in Lafayette. The coach said the Warriors scored both goals off rebounds in front of the Steamboat goal. But despite the bad breaks, the coach said he was happy with the way his team performed for most of the contest.
"We played a decent game against Centaurus and I think we are ready to go (into league play)," Bohlmann said.
The first Centaurus goal came 15 minutes into the first half and was followed by another similar goal midway through the second period.
On the first goal, Warrior Hugo Valenzuela fired a long shot on Gibson, who was unable to hang onto the slick ball. Centaurus' Jeff Davis was able to kick it past the fallen Sailors goalkeeper.
The second goal was a carbon copy of the first one. Valenzuela fired the shot and David scored the goal.
After the game Bohlmann credited Gibson for playing seven saves on the day but did not get much offensive support in the 2-0 game.
Bohlmann said he was happy with the way his team played between the 18-yard lines on the field but admits the team still needs to improve in the penalty areas at both ends of the field.
On the positive side, however, Steamboat was able to control the ball for large periods of the game. Bohlmann said the players just couldn't finish their attack.
The other positive side of Saturday's game was that Mike Rinn saw limited action for the first time this season. Rinn suffered a serious knee injury in the summer and hasn't been able to play since then.
"Mike was given the green light by doctors last week and he was able to play about 20 minutes of Saturday's game," Bohlmann said.
The coach is in no hurry to rush Rinn, who has been a standout player the past three years, back into action.
"I think we will bring him along slowly and see how things go," Bohlmann said.
This week, Steamboat will take on regional foe Moffat County in the first league game of the season. That contest will take place at 4 p.m. in Craig at Loudy Simpson Park.
"They will definitely be an improved side," Bohlmann said.
The Steamboat coach said he thinks the new coaching staff, along with several players who have grown up with the program, will give the team new energy this season. Bohlmann said he expects the Bulldog squad to be competitive and he also expects the Sailors to be up for the game.