Steamboat Springs Steamboat Springs High School girls soccer coach Rob Bohlmann had mixed feelings after Friday's tie in Delta. The Sailors' 3-3 match didn't necessarily symbolize a step back, but it wasn't a step forward, either.
"That's the thing with the girls. We're working hard. We're not struggling from effort," Bohlmann said. "We have to force ourselves to do the simple things much better."
The teams traded goals throughout, with Delta notching the first tally and Steamboat responding each time.
In the second half, both teams had chances to open up the game, but Panthers goalkeeper Meghan Gould and Sailors goalkeeper Hanna Berglund each came up with big saves. Steamboat senior Miranda Schrock got the scoring started for the Sailors. Carly Earp and Kiersten Henry also added tallies for Steamboat, now 2-1-1 on the young season.
Steamboat struggled with Delta's offside trap for the first 50 minutes Friday. By that time, Bohlmann said, the Sailors were already out of their game.
"There wasn't necessarily one specific problem," Bohlmann said. "It was just one of those games where we basically underachieved. We were very reactionary."
Bohlmann said he was hoping to come away from the weekend with a six-point effort. A Western Slope League win is worth three points in the standings. A tie is worth one point.
With an 11 a.m. game today at Palisade, Bohlmann said the Sailors still have a chance to come away with a successful weekend.
Today "is big," Bohlmann said.
"We need to get the four points this weekend. Early on, it creates a larger gap between us and Battle Mountain or any other team that potentially is at the top of the league," he said. "We have to be much sharper and much faster with our start. We were flat, and we were stagnant from the start. All of a sudden, we were digging ourselves out of a hole."
Although Bohlmann was disappointed in the loss, he said the way the Sailors have been able to respond to deficits this year has been encouraging.
In last week's 2-1 overtime win against Glenwood Springs, Steamboat trailed, 1-0, late in the second half before Henry scored two goals to give the Sailors the win.
"We have to look to play simple," Bohlmann said. "But when you have the characteristic to work hard and come from behind, you'll be OK. If you don't have that characteristic, you're really going to struggle."