Steamboat Springs With just two games remaining in the regular season, Steamboat Springs girls soccer coach Rob Bohlmann is hoping for a strong finish to carry the Sailors into next week's playoffs.
"This is an important week for our team, and tomorrow's game against Glenwood is key to how we enter the playoffs," Bohlmann said Monday.
Truth is that the game will have little impact on the final standings.
Battle Mountain raced to the Western Slope Conference title Saturday with a 7-0 win against Rifle. The Huskies finished the season with a 13-0-1 record.
It also would seem that Steamboat has a lock on second place at 10-1-2 headed into today's contest.
Glenwood (9-3-1) also locked up a playoff spot on Saturday with a 3-0 win against Palisade. The Demons could finish the season at 10-3-1 with a victory against Steamboat, but the win would not be enough to boost the team's playoff position.
Not to mention that Bohlmann and the Sailors plan to be standing in the way when the two teams take the field at 4 p.m. today in Glenwood Springs.
"We are going to have to find our rhythm again after spring break," Bohlmann said. "I'm hoping the girls come back where we left off before the break. We don't have a lot of time to get back up to speed."
Today's game against Glenwood Springs is one of two contests Steamboat will play this week. The Glenwood game will mark the end of the regular league season; however, the Sailors have picked up another home game against Thomas Jefferson at 5:30 p.m. Friday.
"We don't know too much about Thomas Jefferson or the Denver league," Bohlmann said. "But we want to show well. If we can do that I think it will have a positive effect for our team and our program."
Bohlmann said Steamboat and other Western Slope teams rarely earn seeding votes from the Denver League. He is hoping that the Sailors can earn some respect from the league during the game, and he is hoping that it will pay off in the future with better seeds for Western Slope teams.