Steamboat girls soccer falls to top-ranked Broomfield

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— The Steamboat Springs High School girls soccer team didn't start the season how it wanted to, falling to Broomfield, 4-0, on Saturday. But the Sailors aren't about to worry.

"We were pretty discombobulated," coach Rob Bohlmann said. "We had hints of creating opportunities, but not a lot. It was pretty normal for this time of year. It's a little untraditional that we were playing a top team in the first game."

Broomfield is ranked No. 1 in the Rocky Mountain News. The Denver Post has Broomfield ranked No. 2.

"We were competitive in the first 25 minutes," Bohlmann said. "We are probably right on track for where we were in the past. We went in with high expectations."

Bohlmann said senior Haley Gall--agher had an ugly mid-air collision with a Broomfield player that forced Gallagher from the game.

"We struggled to find our organization in the back from there forward, but that's the game," he said. "This gives us some great challenges to move forward with the hopes we are competitive in league play."

Steamboat (0-1) will begin Western Slope League play at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday against Moffat County in Craig. Weather and field conditions could force a schedule change.

Snow on Dudley Field will prevent the Sailors from hosting a home game any time soon -- perhaps not until mid- to late April. Their first home game is scheduled for March 20.

Conditions in Broomfield weren't perfect, either.

"It was probably officially colder here than in Steamboat," Bohlmann said. "It was in the 20s with a brisk wind."

--o reach Melinda Mawdsley call 871-4208 or e-mail mmawdsley@steamboatpilot.com

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