Broomfield With his ample experience coaching, Rob Bohlmann knows there are keys to winning as an underdog.
First and foremost, the skipper for 25th-seed Steamboat Springs preaches strike early and often. But with an 8-0 loss to eight-seed Broomfield in Tuesday night's first round of the Class 4A playoffs at Elizabeth Kennedy Stadium, the Eagles obviously subscribed to the same philosophy.
"Our biggest thing is we needed to get into more of a fight and create some breaks from the first whistle," Bohlmann said. "And that just didn't happen."
Also, Steamboat Springs (7-4-2) picked the wrong time to tangle with Broomfield (10-3-3). Riding a seven-game winning streak, few teams have been as hot as the Eagles at the end of the season.
And it didn't take long for Broomfield to showcase what has it riding high on the hog. It only took Samantha Kafer, Deborah Davies and Tressa Thompson 16 minutes to put the Eagles up, 3-0.
The furious pace at which the Eagles scored and played, however, might be a blessing for future Sailors teams. In Bohlmann's opinion, his team has plenty of young talent, and tangling with top-flight teams such as Broomfield will only make them better.
"This is what our group needed," he said. "Just to see a team and a soccer environment like Broomfield's."
With no shots on goal, there were few Sailors who highlighted the offense. Defense, on the other hand, had high points.
Despite giving up eight goals, keeper Hanna Berglund was one of them. Broomfield's offense was relentless, but the sophomore keeper mitigated some of the damage with seven saves on the evening.
The only thing more impressive than Berglund's effort, was Broomfield's ability to score from nearly anywhere on the field.
The Eagles rattled off five goals in the second half - two off the foot of University of Colorado-bound Amanda Foulk. But it was the team's second strike of the game that ended up being the most impressive.
Davies dropped jaws in the stands when she finished a free kick Denise Cavalli sent to her from nearly 40-yards out.
"(But) I think we all played really well," Davies said. "It was a good team win."