Steamboat Springs What does 40 minutes mean in the game of soccer?
On Thursday afternoon, the members of the Steamboat Springs boys soccer team discovered that 40 minutes is all it takes to escape the grasp of defeat as they came from behind to hand the league leading Glenwood Springs Demons their second loss of the season the first in the Western Slope League.
In those 40 minutes the Sailors also discovered that they have the character to win in the face of defeat.
"This wasn't the prettiest game, but our players showed a lot of character out there on the field," Sailors coach Rob Bohlmann said.
In a flat game for both teams, Glenwood took the upper hand late in the first half when junior forward Ross Smith got behind the Sailors defense and beat Sailors goalkeeper Chris Gibson.
Then about five minutes later, Glenwood beat the Sailors defense one last time. This time, Demons senior Brenton Sylvia put his team up 2-0 after beating the defense and making the most of a one-on-one shot at Gibson.
As the first half ended the Demons ran off the field with a sense of confidence. The Steamboat players walked off the field with their heads hung low as if they were searching for answers.
"Things were not happening for us," Steamboat's Rodney Beall said. "I think everybody was a little frustrated after the first half."
Sailors midfielder Derrick Lewis said his coach didn't say much at halftime and he really didn't need to.
"He just left it up to us to pick it up," Lewis said of Bohlmann. "We were able to do that in the second half."
Beall said the team got a lift at the start of the second half when Lewis, who left about 10 minutes into the game with an injury, was able to come back out onto the field.
Then, about 10 minutes into the second half, the team was ignited by Kyle Nelson's unassisted goal from about 20 yards out.
Nelson drove the ball into the Glenwood zone and then placed a perfect shot over the outreached hands of Demon goalkeeper Buster Bosna.
Steamboat still trailed in the game 2-1, but it was obvious that the hometown players had gained the momentum.
"We still were not sharp, but our guys just went out there and kept working, Bohlmann said. "It finally paid off."
The Sailors tied the game at two about 10 minutes later after a Demons defender took down Lewis as he made a run at goal.
"I told Jason (Sirois) to put it in the net," Lewis said. "I was hurting and I also knew that we needed that goal."
Sirois cashed in on the rare penalty-shot opportunity to pull the Sailors even in the game.
Mike Rinn closed the game out for the Sailors down the stretch with two goals. The first came on a corner kick.
Just minutes later, Rinn beat a lone Glenwood defender in the open field, moved the ball past the goalkeeper and fired a shot into a wide open goal.
The 4-2 advantage was all the Sailors would need to collect the win.
The victory improved the Sailors to 2-0-1 in the Western Slope League and 4-2-1 overall. Glenwood fell to 2-1-0 in league play and 6-2 overall.