Spring arrives, soccer lagging

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Monday was the first official day of spring, but that doesn't mean the Steamboat Springs High School girls soccer team will be hosting a home game anytime soon.

The Sailors were scheduled to host Glenwood Springs girls in Craig on Monday afternoon, but Steamboat coach Rob Bohlmann confirmed the game has been pushed back.

"It's pretty typical that we can't play in Steamboat this early in the season, but what's not typical is that we can't play in Craig," Bohlmann said. "Someone told me that those fields are still three to four weeks away from being ready."

Penny Bricker of Craig's Parks and Recreation Department said fields in Craig are not expected to be available until April 22.

Bricker said some fields are covered in snow and others are too wet to be played on.

"This has been a rough spring," said Richard Lee, Steam-boat Springs High School's athletics director. "We've had to postpone games right and left."

He said he heard that the city fields in Craig will not be available for several weeks; however, he is hopeful that Steamboat will be able to use the Moffat County High School field as soon as weather allows.

High school teams in Steam-boat Springs will continue to practice indoors and hope that the team's away games are not canceled.

"It's a challenge for sure," Bohlmann said. "But it isn't anything that we are not used to. I don't think anything is going to change until we get an all-weather field in Steamboat."

The girls soccer team has played two of its four scheduled games this season.

Steamboat lost to Broomfield, 4-0, on March 11 and played to a 1-1 tie against Battle Mountain last weekend in Edwards.

Steamboat was scheduled to play Moffat County on March 14 and Glenwood Springs on Monday, but those games will have to be rescheduled for later this spring.

Bohlmann said the frustration about the field conditions have been amplified by a difficult early season schedule that has Steamboat facing several top league opponents and playing some key non-league games, as well.

He said his team is practicing indoors and doing everything possible to prepare for the games.

He is hoping for better weather this weekend so the team can play games against Delta at 4 p.m. Friday and against Palisade at 11 a.m. Saturday.

-- To reach John F. Russell, call 871-4209 or e-mail jrussell@steamboatpilot.com

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