Steamboat Springs The Steamboat Springs High School boys soccer team players dug themselves a tough hole in the first minute of their opening game against the Summit High School Tigers on Thursday night in Frisco. After a penalty called near the Sailors goal, Tigers sophomore Christian Larsen, a 6-foot-3-inch tall transfer student from Denmark, scored on the ensuing direct kick, putting Summit up 1-0.
In the next 15 minutes of play, Summit was able to capitalize on the well-placed flip-throws of junior Allen Harrington, who connected with junior Dan Merian twice, converting the throw-ins into a pair of goals.
"Challenging the ball in the air was the difference in the first half," Sailors coach Rob Bohlmann said.
Down 3-0, the Steamboat defense, anchored by junior goalie Eric Carlson and the three-back set of seniors Robert Sorenson, Nick Labor and junior Kevin Bertrand, Bohlmann said he was proud of how his players responded in the second half.
"The first 25 minutes of the second half, we were outplayed," Summit coach Peter Shafroth said. "(The Sailors) are so much better. : They're real hustlers, and on the 50-50 balls, they're exceedingly good and hard and fast on the ball."
After moving Labor up into an attacking role, Bohlmann said the Sailors generated some scoring opportunities behind seniors David Comeau and Miguel Lomelli, who had a penalty kick saved by the Tigers goalie.
Summit senior Jeff Spalding scored a final goal in the game's closing minutes to end the match, 4-0.
"The players played extremely hard for 80 minutes, fighting and scrapping," Bohlmann said about his team's effort. "You have to be pleased with their mentality, and it's only going to get better."
The Sailors play their first home game at 11 a.m. Saturday against Vail Mountain School.