Steamboat Springs After spending last week in the warmth of Honolulu, Sailor soccer player Nikki Garth returned to the practice field Monday ready for action.
"No I don't think it will hurt us," Garth said of the high school's spring break vacation. "I think the rest was good for everybody."
Steamboat Springs soccer coach Rob Bohlmann is hoping that Garth is right and that the team can pick up where they left off before the week-long vacation.
"This week will make a huge statement about our season," Bohlmann said. "I'm just hoping that we are playing at the same level as we were before the break."
The Sailors will play four games over the next five days beginning with Moffat County (0-7) this afternoon at Dudley Field. The game is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m.
On Thursday, the Sailors are scheduled to face Battle Mountain in a 3:30 p.m. contest, which will also be played at Dudley.
The state's No. 2 ranked team, Broomfield, will visit Steamboat Springs Friday for a 3 p.m. game. The week's action will come to a close on Saturday, when the Sailors face off against Palisade in a must-win contest at 11 a.m.
The Sailors will get a short break after that run of games before facing league-leading Glenwood Springs on Tuesday, April 30 at Dudley field in the regular-season finale.
Depending on how the week goes for both Steamboat and Glenwood, the contest could determine which team wins the Western Slope League title. If the Sailors win the game, they will earn the crown by half a game.
However, Glenwood would need victories over Rifle (April 25th) and Moffat County (April 27th), and Steamboat would have to win all of its league games this week to set up the showdown.
"It's nice to know that we control our own destiny," Garth said. "I think everyone is excited about playing Glenwood again."
Bohlmann also feels like this week's game against Broomfield is important to the Sailors especially if the team advances to the post-season.
"You hate to look too far ahead," Bohlmann said. "But this is our chance to test ourselves and make a statement headed into the post-season."
A win over the top-ranked Broomfield team might sway the pollsters who determine the post-season brackets. The game was originally scheduled for March 16, but was postponed because of the weather.
Bohlmann said he used Monday night's practice to get the team back up to speed, but expects all of his players to be hitting on all cylinders in time for Moffat County tonight.
"I have a very dedicated group of girls, so hopefully they maintained their conditioning while they were on vacation," Bohlmann said. "With four games and no rest this is going to be a tough week for us physically."