Photo by Matt Stensland
Steamboat Springs High School freshman Hope Scott passes by two Eagle Valley High School players Tuesday at Gardner Field. The Sailors won, 6-0.
Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Steamboat Springs Any residual effects from spring break were limited to tans and braided hair.
The Steamboat Springs girls soccer team, fresh off what might be the latest spring break in the state, looked like, if anything, the week off refreshed and re-energized the team in Tuesday's 6-0 win against Eagle Valley.
Steamboat dominated the midfield, created scoring chances for its forwards and let junior goalie Hanna Berglund, for the most part, enjoy the sun.
"This game really had a lot of things going on," Steamboat coach Rob Bohlmann said. "It's the first match back after spring break, and over the course of the years we've responded not so well and had years we did respond well. In general, I think we did respond well" Tuesday.
After the first 20 minutes of play saw Steamboat pepper Eagle Valley goalie Bianca Blanco with shots, Emi Birch finally broke through to put the Sailors up, 1-0.
Mandi DeVos added a goal in the 23rd minute on a well-placed shot from the top of the right box to the back left corner, before Mia Quick pounded two goals home in the last seven minutes of the first half to send Steamboat to halftime with a 4-0 lead.
Tuesday "was not our day the way we played," Eagle Valley coach Francois Nanin said. "We didn't play our game. Steamboat's such a great team that if you struggle at the midfield, they'll make you pay. We play defensively really well but you cannot hold down a team like this for 80 minutes. You need to attack them and spread out their girls. We couldn't, and we paid for it."
Eagle Valley saw its best two chances of the second half come just short. The first came when Tania Silva just missed a shot wide in the 48th minute. Then, in the 66th minute, Pearl Nanin had a direct kick sail just over the crossbar.
Quick added her third goal of the game in the 68th minute, and Kiersten Henry completed the rout with a goal in the 72nd.
"We were just wanting to do well coming into it because it's one of our last games of the season," Quick said. "We want to stay strong with our playoff goals and get in a good result. We want to show other teams that we're here to compete, and I think we did that."
Steamboat hosts Palisade at 6 p.m. today, which is Senior Day for the Sailors. Steamboat needs to win and have Glenwood Springs lose one of its last two games to lock up the No. 2 playoff seed out of the Western Slope League.
Steamboat travels to Longmont on Thursday to scrimmage Silver Creek - one of the top teams in the state - before concluding its season Friday with a non-league game against Thomas Jefferson.
Eagle Valley is scheduled to travel to Conifer on Thursday, for a game dependent on a low-pressure system expected to move into the Front Range later this week.
"We scheduled that ultimately in preparation for the postseason," Bohlmann said of the Sailors' last two games. "It's a bit different playing against top five schools in the state. The question is how quickly can we adapt to that play."