Steamboat downs Palisade on the road

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— The Steamboat Springs boys soccer team recovered from a recent two-game skid by earning a Western Slope League win on the road Thursday afternoon at Palisade.

Steamboat's offense had some early trouble cracking Palisade's offside trap but went on to win, 4-1.

"We struggled to solve (the trap) but did better in the second half getting behind it - all and all solid play though," Steamboat head coach Rob Bohlmann said.

Blake Eddington put the Sailors on the board first. Eddington was tripped up by the Palisade defense inside the penalty box and awarded a penalty kick, which he converted.

Palisade evened the score on a long direct kick, but Steamboat answered back with five minutes remaining in the half with a direct kick of its own. Kevin Bertrand finished the kick from 25 yards out to put Steamboat up 2-1 heading into the second half.

Steamboat junior Ryan McConnell opened the second half by capitalizing on a broken Palisade possession.

"It was a great shot, right in the run of the play - the (Palisade) keeper had no time to react," Bohlmann said.

Steamboat goalkeeper Connor Birch had a chance to redeem the single goal he allowed in the game. Birch switched out goalie responsibilities with Danilo Farias to end the game and cashed in on a nicely-placed corner kick he headed in for Steamboat's fourth goal.

"It was a good game for 80 minutes," Bohlmann said. "Palisade played well, and they gave us some opposition, but we played much more attractive soccer."

Steamboat (5-7-1 overall, 5-4-1 in league) hosts Rifle at 11 a.m. Saturday for its final home game of the regular season.

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