Thursday, September 2, 2004
It wasn't the way the Steamboat Springs soccer team wanted to open the season, but coach Rob Bohlmann isn't letting a 4-1 loss to Mountain View get him down.
"No, we are not discouraged," Bohlmann said. "We are 2 1/2 weeks into the season, and this was our first real game. This is a barometer of where we are standing right now -- it's a way for us to measure where we are and what we need to do."
Mountain View gave the Sailors plenty of places to start working Thursday.
The Mountain Lions scored the game's first goal 10 minutes into the contest. Senior Tyler Newlin beat Steamboat goalkeeper Jordan Gray and put the ball in the back of the net.
A few minutes later, Ben Beadle-Ryby gave the Mountain Lions a two-goal advantage with his first of two goals.
Steamboat's David Comeau gave the Sailors a spark with less than 10 minutes left in the first half. He made a strong run toward the goal before being pulled down in the box by a Mountain View player.
The play gave Steamboat senior Alec Nelson a one-on-one situation with Mountain View goalkeeper Dexter Stahl. Nelson slipped the ball into the upper corner of the net on the penalty kick to make the score 2-1 headed into the second.
But that's where the more experienced Mountain View team took control and the Steamboat team began to struggle.
"We didn't really work as a team in the second half," Steamboat's Danny Carlson said. "It was a combination of things, but we just didn't play well."
Mountain View was quick to take advantage of the Sailors' lapses on the field.
Mountain View's Nick Hiseler scored just three minutes into the second half. Beadle-Ryby got his goal later in the half to secure the
The Mountain Lions also had several shots just miss the mark in the second half. They hit the cross bar twice and just missed another goal on an attempted header.
"These guys are not going to get all this stuff overnight," Bohlmann said of Steamboat. "It's going to take some time."
Bohlmann said he would use his time this week to work on tactics before the Sailors' next game against Eagle Valley on Tuesday. That game will be the first league game of the season.
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