Steamboat Springs The field at Steamboat Springs High School has a few rough spots, but for the members of the girls soccer team the turf is home.
"Our girls are so excited about the chance to play at home this early in the season," coach Rob Bohlmann said. "This is going to be huge for them."
So if the weather cooperates over the next 24 hours, Gardner Field will be the site of Steamboat's first high school soccer games of the spring season. The junior varsity is scheduled to take the field at 4 p.m., and the varsity will follow at 6 p.m. in a showdown against the Rifle Bears.
The Sailors (4-1) will be trying to shake off the hangover left from Saturday's 3-0 loss to 5A powerhouse Littleton. It was Steamboat's first loss of the 2004 season.
Littleton's Caitlyn Selby scored the only goal the Lions needed to beat the Sailors with 13 minutes remaining in the first half of Saturday's soccer game.
Littleton added two more in the second half, but the final scoring didn't seem to matter to Sailors coach Rob Bohlmann.
"This was a good situation for us because it was a chance to test ourselves. To see where we are at right now and where we need to go," Bohlmann said.
Littleton, a 5A school with an enrollment of more than 1,500 students, is the type of team the Sailors want to see in an early season, nonleague contest.
"It's a big school," Bohlmann said. "They have 100 girls come out for the team, and most of them are year-round, club players."
The first 40 minutes of the game went back and fourth with Steamboat controlling the tempo of the game for most of the half.
But Littleton's Selby cashed in first after making a nice run with teammate Laura Golden.
The two executed the give and go to perfection, leaving Steamboat goalkeeper Kirsten Ryan in a one-on-one situation. Selby took advantage of it to put her team up 1-0 at the end of the first half.
Littleton's Kristen Carpenter added to the Lions' lead 10 minutes into the second half, and her teammate Comfort Adetoye sealed the game off a penalty kick against backup goalkeeper Linsday Ellis late in the game.
Ryan finished the game with eight saves on 10 shots. Ellis had two saves on three shots.