Steamboat Springs senior Alec Nelson, a three-year varsity starter on the boys soccer team, was recently named to the Western Slope All-League team by its coaches.
"To me, the thing with Alec that was really key and why he was definitely deserving of an All-League award, was that he really became an icon for his fitness levels, quickness of play and masterful ball work," said Sailors coach Rob Bohlmann.
While the Sailors didn't have a successful season with regards to wins and losses, Nelson's play was a highlight for Steamboat. Opposing coaches frequently yelled at their defenses and midfielders to keep an eye on Nelson. The respect the league coaches had for Nelson was the reason behind his selection to the All-League team.
Ideally, Nelson would have stayed at the flank of the midfield to utilize his speed and goal scoring ability. This year, however, Nelson was needed at midfield to help the Sailors control the ball.
"He adjusted well with his role," Bohlmann said. "He's very good at getting himself isolated and taking people one-on-one. At center and midfield he had to take on the playmaker role. You can't do that by taking people on. At first, it was a bit of a hurdle to get over, but I do think he responded well to that."
League coaches agreed, and Bohlmann said Nelson's ability to lead and guide an offense would help him as he eyes a spot on a college roster next fall.
"It's helped him in becoming a more versatile player," Bohlmann said. "This year was a very maturing year for him as far as his play."
Nelson was one of six seniors on the Steamboat team this fall.
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