Sailors soccer opens playoffs

Steamboat faces Evergreen at 4 p.m. Wednesday

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No draw in the Class 4A Girls Soccer State Tournament is easy, but Steamboat Springs had prepared for the toughest road.

With two losses and a tie, including a loss to Glenwood Springs, which did not make the playoffs, the Sailors weren't sure where the Colorado High School Activities Association's seeding committee would put their name.

The Steamboat Springs Youth Soccer Association hosts parent meetings this week.

Parents with players on the U6 team have a meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday. Parents with players on the U8 team meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Both meetings are in the Steamboat Springs Middle School cafeteria.

Parents with players on the U11 and U13 teams meet at 6 and 7 p.m., respectively, Thursday in the middle school cafeteria.

On Sunday, Steamboat (12-2-1) received a No. 10 seed and will host No. 23 seed Evergreen (7-7-1) at 4 p.m. Wednesday at Dudley Field.

"We were pleasantly surprised," Sailors coach Rob Bohlmann said. "This year, we stumbled at the end, and we were expecting the worst. It's decent. Every draw is a competitive draw."

Evergreen plays in the Jeffco League. Bohlmann doesn't know much else about the Cougars.

"Every one of their results are one or two-goal margins," he said. "Only one win was a blowout, and they haven't been blown out. That tells me it's a consistent group on both sides of the ball."

Steamboat will use the first 10 minutes to pick up on Evergreen's tendencies. At this point in the season, however, the Sailors' attention is on one team.

"We have to be concerned with how we are going to play," Bohlmann said.

The winner of Wednesday's game will face the winner between No. 7 seed Silver Creek (11-2-2) and No. 26 seed Rifle (8-6-1).

The higher-seeded team will host through the semifinals, when all games move to Elizabeth Kenney Stadium in Broomfield.

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